From Catholic News
Faith leaders continue to voice their clear opposition to "any weakening of the principle that the donation of organs should be free and voluntary".
In a letter written ahead of the final vote in the Welsh Assembly, Tuesday 2 July, on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill, leaders from the Catholic Church, the Church of England, the Muslim Council for Wales, the Jewish Representative Council, the Wales Orthodox Mission, Patient Concern and Care amongst others have outlined their principled opposition to presumed consent.
They describe 'deemed consent' as "a contradiction in terms and a misleading fiction".
The leaders ‘remain unconvinced that a change in the law to accommodate this fiction will in itself lead to any increase in organ transplantation in Wales.’
They argue that if "the Welsh Government is determined to press ahead with this unnecessary legislation, then the very least that can be done is for it to honour its commitment to introduce soft opt-out legislation where the views and feelings of the bereaved are respected."
For full text of letter and signatories read here
Read also: Organ donation opt out plan passed in Wales by John Bingham, Telegraph
‘Presumed consent’ for organ donation is both unnecessary and unethical by Peter Saunders, CMF