Liberal MNA Andre Fortin tabled Bill 399 at the National Assembly this week, which, if passed, would change the law so Quebecers automatically consent to organ and tissue donations.

  Donation of organs: “Quebec must be a leader”, says Fortin   Bill 399 to facilitate the donation of organs and tissues tabled this week in the National Assembly is “very human and represents a good and generous Quebec,” said the MP for Pontiac, André Fortin. While maintaining the fact that the family of the […]

 

Donation of organs: “Quebec must be a leader”, says Fortin

 

Bill 399 to facilitate the donation of organs and tissues tabled this week in the National Assembly is “very human and represents a good and generous Quebec,” said the MP for Pontiac, André Fortin.

MLA Andre Fortin

While maintaining the fact that the family of the deceased may always have the last word, the bill seeks to amend the Civil Code to establish from the outset that any person has automatically consented to organ donation unless she had, during her lifetime, explicitly expressed her refusal. According to current provincial legislation, the opposite is true.

Fully aware that this is a delicate and emotional subject, the official opposition critic for health and social services believes this is the way to go in the future.

“It’s literally a gift of self and at the base, it’s an idea that can save lives and help improve the lives of many people. There are too many people on the waiting list and unfortunately some of them are dying. They will never have the years they would have liked to have in front of them because they simply do not have access to organ donation. Quebec must be a leader. […] During the presentation of the bill in a press briefing, I had a kidney transplant and it was months of anxiety for his wife and him. It’s hard to be indifferent when you hear such stories, “exclaims the elected Liberal.

Mr. Fortin said that the notion of presumption of consent would obviously have to be accompanied by changes within the health network.

“It will be necessary to make sure to have teams, units of care, operating theaters dedicated solely to that. There would be people specifically to support families who have experienced the death of a loved one. I do not think it’s difficult or expensive to implement. […] As an individual, I can understand that we have our own opinion, but as a state, putting it in place seems to me common sense, “he notes.

Inspired by Nova Scotia, where such a process will begin in 2020, the member for Pontiac asks the Legault government for the study and the possible adoption of his legislative piece tabled on Tuesday. For now, he does not know if the CAQ will comply with his request, but he intends to relaunch parliamentarians on this issue in the medium term. He also specifies that a clause was included in the bill so that the government can report regularly to the National Assembly “to see if it works, if the statistics improve.”

You can read Bill 399 here

*translated from Le Doit, November 8, 2019

 

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