Sign a Petition to Change Organ Donation Law, a Mass Movement begins 

A proposed new law - “All adults in India will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate (opt-out) or are in one of the excluded groups”

A mass movement to push organ donation in the country has been launched and one can go on web site ‘change.org’ to sign a petition which seeks a new law or modification to the pre-existing law on Organ donation. The proposed change can be a game-changer as it makes organ donation mandatory among adults and only if someone does not want to donate, he/she can opt-out. The campaign, in the form of a petition, has been launched by noted healthcare leader Dr Hrishikesh Pai Gynaecologist, Infertility & IVF Specialist and Social Activist. 

The number of organ donations in India is far less than countries such as the UK, Australia and Spain. It's just about 0.65 per million as compared to almost 35.1 in Spain.  Dr Pai, in his petition, proposed new law. The new law proposed by him says, “All adults in India will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate (opt-out) or are in one of the excluded groups.”

“This can be a game-changer. I urge people to visit the website “change .org “and sign this petition. Once we obtain one lakh signatures, we will make efforts to table it as a Private Member’s bill in the Indian parliament. With the help of MPs from all political parties, we will try to get it passed,” he added.

The expert seeks mass support and believes by signing this petition one can contribute to the health and longevity of a society.

A similar law is being introduced in Britain and may be operational in other democratic countries. The exclusion groups can be predefined and decided upon by the Government, the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO), State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO), civil society and citizens of the country.

On National Doctor’s Day on July 1, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also emphasised on organ donation at Conclave organised the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). “Although people are already aware, a lot needs to be done. Lakhs of people die in India due to organ scarcity. Almost 80,000 people die in road accidents and organ donation can save many precious lives," he said.

It is widely admitted that India needs to pursue the course of organ donation in the right direction and with the proposed new law, the country can see a revolutionary change.  

The Petition can be signed by pressing on this link: http://chng.it/ZJdPrhX7