A NEW POLICY ACROSS THE Atlantic is one that’s harvested interest in the U.S. as a possible way to curb the country’s drastic shortage of organ donors.
Wales’ “presumed consent” organ donation system assumes people want to donate their organs unless they specifically say otherwise – a departure from the opt-in policy employed throughout the U.S. in which people can note such a decision on their driver’s license and sign up to be donors through a state registry. Countries like France, Italy and Spain have adopted similar opt-out policies, though Wales is the first in the U.K. to do so and officials say adequate protections are built in for those with concerns about the process.
Legislators in states like Colorado, Delaware and New York have pushed for presumed consent; in fact, lawmakers in at least seven states have looked at presumed consent bills between 2011 and 2015. All attempts have failed, however, despite the fact that about half of Americans have said they would support such a system, according to the HHS report.