Province contemplates legislation change for organ donations

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The Canadian Press - The Nova Scotia government is looking at changing the law that covers organ donations.

Health Minister Leo Glavine said he's considering legislation that would require people to declare if they are opposed to donating their organs after they die.

Glavine said this kind of reverse onus legislation is unusual, which is why the province wants to first gauge public opinion. A formal process for asking for public input will be rolled out.

The minister said he knows from personal experience the sensitivities that can arise when organ donation is raised by doctors.

Premier Stephen McNeil said no decisions are imminent. However, he said giving notice of a person's wishes about organ donation well in advance is preferable to doing so in the final hours of life.

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