When a person dies, transplanting his or her healthy organs could help someone else survive. Often it's the family of the dead person who has to make the difficult choice about whether or not to allow the organ donation.
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.
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.
Surgeon Bruno Reichart has successfully implanted a pig's heart into a baboon. He tells DW why harvesting from other species could address a chronic shortage of human donor organs.
As Germany's donation levels plummet, Health Minister Jens Spahn wants organ donation to occur automatically if a person fails to explicitly decide against it. This plan faces opposition from Germany's Ethics Council.
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