France plans to reduce an organ donation shortage with new legislation.

In response to a shortage of organ donations in France, a new law now requires people to opt-out if they do not wish to have their organs donated, according to the Guardian in “France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation.” In order to opt-out, people must either register an official refusal with the government or leave a hand-written note with their next-of-kin.

Every year people all over the world pass away while on waiting lists for organs. Governments around the world, including in the U.S., have sought to address the shortage of organ donations by making it easier for people to express their organ donation wishes should they pass away.

Despite these laws, organ donations continue to lag far behind the demand for organs.

The new law in France allows families to make a written declaration at the time of death that the deceased did not wish to have his or her organs donated.

Officials in other countries may take a look at the new law in France to see if it is appropriate for their nation.

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