Iceland Launches Universal Organ Donation Program
They’ll lend a hand — or maybe a spleen. Iceland’s Parliament has finally approved legislation making every citizen of the country an organ donor unless they explicitly opt out. First introduced in 2012, the new law, which transplant experts have hailed as a “milestone,” aims to help tackle a global organ shortage. Iceland joins other Nordic countries with similar regulations. Currently, only 10 percent of Icelanders have registered to be donors, while 60 percent of dying patients said they were willing to donate organs when they were asked.