Those excluded from the plans include:
- children under 18
- people who lack the mental capacity to understand the changes for a significant period before their death
- people who have not lived in England for at least 12 months before their death
Prime Minister Theresa May supported the law with a public statement.
“I’m delighted Max and Keira’s law has passed today. It marks a momentous step for thousands of people in need of a life-saving transplant and could save as many as 700 lives a year.
With significantly more people willing to consider organ donation than are actually registered as donors, this vital step will presume consent unless people choose to opt out of being a donor.
It’s important that everyone takes the time to discuss their choices on donation with their families and register their wishes, whatever their preference may be.”
The donation consent change means consent defaults to YES, but the person is able to put in a non-consent status. But things are not nearly set in stone.
England Organ Donation Consent Restrictions Not Set
The government may exclude specific organs from the “opt-out” status options. This would mean no citizen would be able to opt-out in regards to government selected organs.
While some are celebrating the move, critics are increasingly concerned that government overreach is playing out from a general perspective. Knife control, hate speech agendas, and U.K. surveillance is all under scrutiny.