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Deaths now Automatically Reported to Organ Donation Program

TORONTO, March 23, 2006 ( - The Ontario government is continuing its campaign to pressure Ontarians to agree to organ donation despite ethics concerns regarding "brain death" definitions. The most recent implementation of this plan is a new law requiring 13 selected hospitals to report every death to an organ-donation program, the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN).

The law, enacted January 9, 2006, requires that the provinces thirteen "type A" hospitals report every death to TGLN. A media release from the Network says the required routine reporting by hospitals, "ensures that accurate identification can be made of a potential donor and that eligible families be provided the opportunity to fulfill their loved one's wishes."

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