Law commission

Rules of non-participation in organ donation drawn up by the law commission

IF Manitoba decides to allow presumed consent for organ donations, the government has been given a roadmap to follow.

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission released a 185-page report that explores how Manitoba could establish an opt-out system, like Nova Scotia’s, instead of requiring people to give consent for their organs and tissues to be posthumous. make a donation.

The practical framework is hypothetical?? the commission’s work was not motivated by the government, and the province did not signal that it would make legislative changes to its human tissue donation law that would require all Manitobans to consent to the donation of tissue. organs, unless otherwise specified. The commission takes no position on whether Manitoba should adopt a system of presumed consent.

But if so, the commission sets out 19 guidelines it says should be included in legislation. He recommends that Manitoba establish a registry and make it easy for people to update their consent or opt-out in the registry when they apply for a health card or driver’s license, or when they visit a Health Society office. Manitoba Public Insurance. The guidelines provide examples of situations where presumed consent is inappropriate. This should not be assumed for people under the age of 18, for people who have lived in Manitoba for less than a year, or for people who lack the capacity to make their own decisions before their death.

The report should be viewed as an ?informed opinion?? on the best approach for Manitoba if presumed consent is adopted, said Stefanie Goldberg, legal counsel for the Manitoba Law Reform Commission.

” We ? have done the background research by looking and telling the government or interested parties what is currently being done in Canada? said Goldberg. “We have everything in place so that people can see how other provinces are addressing the issue currently, ? she added.

?? We looked at what we think will work or won’t work.??

One person recommended the commission study the issue after Nova Scotia changed its legislation last year, and similar changes have been proposed in Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Island -Edward.

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Katie May