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AMs pass organ donation bill

Welsh Assembly members have passed a law governing organ donation. IIt means Wales is now the only part of the UK where doctors will presume that consent has been given to donate organs after death.

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New organ donation law 'could backfire'

Faith leaders and some senior health professionals are calling on the Welsh government to amend the proposal to take more account of the wishes of bereaved families. They say 93% of people in Wales support a system where the family should be able to stop organs being taken if they object.

The signatories, including the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, and the Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack, want ministers to support amendments to the Bill to ensure this 'soft opt-system' is in place.

Without it, they say, the law would be inhumane and uncaring of the feelings of relatives. It could also damage public trust and support when people fully realise the Bill's implications.

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