Organ donation on Saudi driving licence

Saudi Arabia intends to make human organ donations easier by mentioning it on the traffic licenses of drivers wishing or refusing to donate their organs after death, a newspaper in the conservative Gulf Kingdom reported on Thursday.

The Shura council, the Kingdom’s appointed parliament, is expected to approve the new law at its meeting next week, the Arabic language daily Alriyadh said.

“The Shura has supported a proposal by the traffic department to introduce this rule…it will meet on Monday to approve it,” the paper said.

It said the new driving licenses would include a phrase making clear whether the driver accepts or refuses to donate organs after death.

The paper said the proposal follows reports that a large number of Saudis who have undergone organ transplant abroad suffered from illnesses and other health problems.

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