Thousands of people in Germany are urgently in need of new organ, like a heart or a kidney. But there are too few donors. Health minister Jens Spahn has proposed making organ harvesting after death standard unless people register not to donate.
Though most Germans are willing to donate their organs after death, few take the steps necessary to do so. Now lawmakers are debating ways to get more organs for the thousands of people on transplant waiting lists.
The draft law would automatically make everyone a registered organ donor but give them the option to opt out. Supporters say the reform will help boost donations, but critics argue the system should remain voluntary.
This year, two children were born at the University Women's Hospital in Tübingen whose mothers had previously received a uterus transplant. The doctors involved are thrilled.
The Bundestag is set to address the issue of organ donation. Germany uses a controversial card system that requires donors "opt in," but the country's health minister says a change could be in the works.
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