Denmark is considering a change to its organ donation policy, which would see all citizens of legal age automatically added to the list of organ donors. Currently, only those who have separately registered for it are on the list. If the change goes through, Danes will have to declare separately if they do not want their organs to be used after their death. This would bring Denmark in line with many other European countries, where it is assumed that the deceased is a potential organ donor unless they have specifically declined during their lifetime.
According to Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, the purpose of the change is to make more organs available for organ transplants, as there are more than 400 Danes on the waiting list for a new organ. The government emphasizes that people would always have the option to get off the list of organ donors, and the relatives of the deceased could also decide that their organs may not be used.
However, there has been opposition to the plan, with some arguing that people should have control over what happens to their bodies after death and that there are no clear differences between countries in terms of organ donations regardless of whether people are automatically registered or not. Despite this opposition, Prime Minister Frederiksen stated that her government wants to start a broad discussion on this issue and encourages everyone to express their opinions on this matter.
Last year, only 113 Danes donated their organs after death. Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has pointed out that about two-thirds of Danes have indicated whether they want their organs used or not and believes it’s important to increase this share by making it easier for people to make a decision about organ donation.
In conclusion, Denmark’s proposed change in its organ donation policy aims to increase availability of organs for transplants by adding all citizens of legal age automatically onto an organ donor list. While some argue against changing current policies regarding health care and personal control over one’s body after death, others believe it’s important for individuals to make informed decisions about how they want their bodies utilized after death.