I came across a piece recently in The Connexion re organ donation. French rules governing this have been rewritten - meaning "any deceased adult will be considered to have given their approval for organs to be used, unless they refuse beforehand on a national register".
An amendment by Marisol Touraine, the Health minister, was put forward to a wide-ranging health law which is currently being debated in parliament. According to the Connexion, "the wording means close relatives will be told of plans to use a deceased adult's organs, rather than consulted at present."
These changes will not come into effect before January 2017 and anyone who wishes to refuse can sign up a register, called the Registre National des Refus.
This got me thinking, so I discussed it with Henry, and we are both agreed that should any of our organs be of use, we would be more than happy to know that we might have helped someone in need.
In Ireland, we could indicate our consent in two ways - by carrying an organ donor card, and by signing an organ donation consent (pre-printed) on our driving licences.
Would you donate a loved one's organs? If you would refuse, why?