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German parliament votes against new system for organ donors

Jan 16, 2020 - Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) - German lawmakers on Thursday decided against tackling a shortage of donor organs with a reform that would have made most people potential donors unless they objected.

After a debate that cut across party lines, parliament voted 379-292 against the proposal.

At present, doctors in Germany can transplant organs only from people who actively declare their willingness, for example by carrying a donor card or making a living will. More than 1,000 people in the country of 83 ...