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Wales passes organ donor law

Welsh lawmakers have passed a controversial scheme that assumes consent for organ and tissue donation among people who do not state a preference. Assembly Members voted in favour of the new law by 43 votes to eight with two abstentions.

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Proposed Welsh scheme assumes organ donor consent

A controversial scheme which assumes that consent for organ and tissue donation is already given is expected to get the go-ahead in Wales today.

It is likely to see Wales become the first part of the UK to operate what is described as a "soft opt-out" organ donation system.

A special container for the transport of donated organs is seen in a hospital Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

The proposed scheme will give three options: a person will be able to register to explicitly opt in to the new organ donation scheme or opt out of it, but where a person fails to express a preference he or she will be deemed to have given consent.

Welsh Assembly members will meet in Cardiff to discuss the proposals later today.

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