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Organ donation in Mexico complicated topic

Mexico City, Mexico — The reform that would see all Mexicans over the age of 18 potential organ donors will have to wait for a new legislature after deputies refused to give their vote for lack of agreements as well as pressure from the Catholic Church.

In addition to the bill already approved by the Senate, there were at least six different proposals on the subject, which made an agreement difficult, said Marisela Contreras, deputy of Morena and member of the Health Commission.

Since the Senate approved the minutes that were sent to San Lazaro, specialists and officials from the Health sector expressed their concern that this reform would be approved without all the edges of the issue being considered, such as the opinion of the donor’s family.

The Catholic Church also lobbied against the argument that the law is lax in terms of medical controls, and that civil society was not consulted, despite touching the sensitive issue of religion.

“In countries where this law has been established, the family will always be interviewed. They are going to comment on the death and the possibility of donation,” explained the director of the National Transplant Center, Salvador Aburto at a conference last April.

The difference between the legislators during this latest meeting came after deputies of Morena considered that the presumed consent of the people in life who did not express their refusal to donate, could be a violation of human rights.

Organ donation in Mexico is a growing problem with more than 20,000 people waiting for a transplant in 2016 and only 7,000 donations.