CSU politician criticizes Lauterbach for organ donation initiative

Released on 05.06.2020

  • In Germany, the consent solution applies to organ donation, not the objection solution. Photo: Soeren Stache/dpa

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The so-called objection solution would significantly increase the number of organ donations. Two years ago, however, the Bundestag spoke out against it. Is there a new start?


According to a report, the CSU health politician Stephan Pilsinger has rejected a new attempt at a contradiction solution for organ donations.

“Saying nothing cannot be consent,” Pilsinger told the editorial network Germany (RND). He rejected a corresponding initiative by Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD). “If Karl Lauterbach wants to bring another vote on the objection solution to the Bundestag, I will again advocate the establishment of an intergroup to receive the decision-making solution,” he announced.

The objection solution provides that everyone who does not expressly object is in principle an organ donor. However, the Bundestag had 2020 not decided on this approach, which Lauterbach had already supported at the time, but rather the extended approval solution. It means that an organ donor must have consented during his lifetime, or his next of kin must consent in the event of death – but citizens should be actively informed about this at the ID card offices and be able to enter themselves in an online register. However, the start of the register has been delayed.

Lauterbach recently announced that it intended to make a new attempt at a solution to objections. “I think we’ve tried a lot now, but it didn’t really work out. There was no improvement for the people who need an organ,” he said to the ARD capital studio and was optimistic, but there was a majority in the

Pilsinger, on the other hand, considers a renewed debate about a contradiction solution to be premature, as he told the RND. Improvements that have already been decided, such as the digital organ donation register, have not yet been implemented due to the Corona crisis. (dpa)

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