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“Illegal to Keep Organs without Consent,” Alabama House Passes Bill, Heads to Senate

“Illegal to Keep Organs without Consent,” Alabama House Passes Bill, Heads to Senate

Montgomery, AL: The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it illegal to keep organs without consent.

On Thursday, lawmakers in Alabama moved forward with a bill that would make it illegal for medical examiners to keep the organs of a deceased person without the agreement of the deceased person’s family.

The regulation was proposed after a number of families reported that the bodies of detainees returned from autopsies with their hearts or other vital organs gone. The motion receives a vote of 89-1 in favor from the House of Representatives. The bill is now being considered by the Senate of Alabama.

At this time, the law of the state mandates that medical examiners must obtain approval before they can keep organs, unless the organs are being kept for the purpose of identifying or determining the cause of death. In accordance with the proposed legislation, it would be a criminal offense for a medical examiner to keep the organs of a deceased person without first obtaining consent from “the appropriate next of kin.”

When the remains of their loved ones were returned to them after being examined by state autopsies, the relatives of many men who had passed away while they were detained filed federal lawsuits saying that their loved ones lost organs.

“We are just letting people know that we are paying attention, and the law needs to be followed,” said Representative Chris England, who is the sponsor of the bill.

Although England stated that the matter was not on his “bingo card” for the year, he acknowledged that it was vital to have it introduced. There was not much of a dispute regarding the bill’s fate.

The bill is now headed to the Senate. The governor of Alabama would sign the bill to make it a law after it has passed through the Senate.

Reference: AP News

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