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Bill to Simplify Organ Donations

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

A bill has been presented in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, which would make people’s agreement to organ donations assumed, RÚV reports, replacing the current system which only allows organs to be donated if the person in question is a registered organ donor.

Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, MP for the Progressive Party, is the author of the bill, which she has now presented in parliament for the second time. Silja Dögg states that her reasoning behind the bill is, among other things, ethical, “So if you’re willing to receive an organ donation, you should also be willing to donate.”

Changes to the law regarding organ donations have frequently been discussed in Alþingi, but never implemented. Still, they’ve been discussed in parliamentary committees and at the Ministry of Health.

Silja Dögg won’t give up fighting for this change. This time, she hopes the minister of health will support the issue.

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