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Nova Scotia to enact four-year old consent law regarding organ donations

11/07/2014 01:19 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 05:59 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's health minister says the government will eliminate the family veto over organ donations where consent has already been given by proclaiming a law that was passed in 2010 but never enacted.

Passed by the previous NDP government, the legislation is intended to ensure that a potential organ donor's wishes are respected once they sign consent on their provincial health card, even after death.

In April, Health Minister Leo Glavine floated the idea of legislation that would have required people to opt out if they don't want their organs and tissues donated after they die.

But Glavine says public feedback has indicated that Nova Scotians prefer to make decisions regarding organ donation on their own in concert with their families.

He says the law could be proclaimed within months.