The Netherlands narrowly passed new legislation on Tuesday that will register every citizen aged 18 and over as a potential organ donor, unless they explicitly choose to opt out.
Senators in the Dutch upper house of parliament voted 38 to 36 to pass the draft bill put forward by the progressive D66 party.
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Under the new law, every Dutch adult who has not yet registered as an organ donor will receive two letters asking them to indicate whether or not they want to become donors. If they don’t respond after the second mail they will automatically be added to the list, but are free to amend their status at any time.
The bill was already approved by the Netherlands’ upper House of Representatives in September 2016, albeit by a narrow vote of 75 to 74. Critics of the bill complained that it put too much authority in the …