Organ Donation: Opt-In to Opt-Out!

Organ Donation: Opt-In to Opt-Out!

16,652 have signed. Let’s get to 25,000!
Petition to
Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Health)

Why this petition matters

Started by Jaimee Waldner

Nash is a 10 month old cheerful little boy in need of a new heart. He has spent months away from home in the Stollery Children's Hospital. After 3 open heart surgeries, doctors are saying that the only way he can go home is if he gets a new heart. He is listed as the highest priority, but it could still take months and we just hope that it is not too late.

Currently to become an organ donor in Canada requires Canadians to opt-in and register for organ donation. Let’s trade this current opt-in system, for a more favourable opt-out system. 

“With an opt-in system, people have to actively sign up to a register to donate their organs after death. In opt-out systems, organ donation will occur automatically unless a specific request is made before death for organs not to be taken.”

“—inaction in an opt-in system can lead to individuals who would want to be a donor not donating (a false negative). In contrast, inaction in an opt-out system can potentially lead to an individual that does not want to donate becoming a donor (a false positive).”

Every week 5 Canadians die while waiting for a transplant. Yet, a single donor can save up to 8 lives through their organs, and save or heal more than 100 lives through tissue donation, including the lives of baby boys like Nash.

Sign this petition to show our provincial, and ultimately federal governments, that we, as Canadians, are opting-in to Opt-Out!

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16,652 have signed. Let’s get to 25,000!