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Welsh government advertises controversial organ donation law

20 October 2014

The new law introduces a system of 'deemed consent'

Students in Wales are being informed of a new organ donation law by an advertising campaign from the Welsh government.

The new law introduces a system of 'deemed consent', whereby anyone who has not explicitly removed themselves from the organ donation register may have their organs removed at death, or, in many cases, when the donor's heart is still beating.

SPUC campaigned against the Human Transplantation (Wales) 2013 Act, pointing out that consent has not been given if it is deemed. SPUC is particularly concerned for foreign students and those who take little interest in current affairs, who may not be aware of the law, even with an advertising campaign. [BBC, 13 October]

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