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Argentina law makes all citizens organ donors

[JURIST] The Argentinean Congress [official website in Spanish] passed a law Wednesday making all Argentinean citizens potential organ donors unless they specifically reject that status. Argentine President Nestor Kirchner [BBC profile] first proposed the bill to his Congress last year; it was previously approved by the Chamber of Deputies [official website in Spanish] before being unanimously passed by the Senate [official website in Spanish] on Wednesday. Argentine Vice President Daniel Scioli [official profile in Spanish] said the law will enable more lives to be saved, since approximately 6,000 Argentinean citizens are currently on the waiting list for organ transplants. Argentina is the first country in Latin America to approve this type of organ donor law, following Spain, Belgium, and Austria. Reuters has more. The Buenos Aires Herald has local coverage [registration required].

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