Colombia’s Congress approved an initiative that makes it mandatory to donate your organs, except for those who otherwise manifest in life, their opposition, officials said.

The project, which was presented by the parliamentary Rodrigo Lara will become law as soon as it is signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Along with DNA, body organs are some of the most profitable businesses worldwide mainly because there is virtually no legislation governing the extraction and use of either of them. In China, organs are often taken from people for commercial purposes.

In other countries like Costa Rica, there are clandestine initiatives to grow humans in laboratories for their organs and to carry out experiments related to cloning.

In the United States, it extracting organs from newborns and selling baby tissue was recently unveiled by a series of videos that incriminated the organization Planned Parenthood, a government-sponsored network of clinics that allegedly provide women health services, but whose most profitable activity is the commercialization of baby organs and tissue.

“This is a project that saves lives and allows many people to have a decent quality of life,” says Lara.

“What is sought is to expand the legal presumption of donation to those who die and do not declare that their organs should be donated,” Lara said in a statement from his office.

In other words, if a person is not careful enough to declare that his body should remain whole after death, the government of Colombia will come and take his organs even if it disregards the wishes of wives, husbands, children and so on.

The parliamentarian added that “every day there is an increase in the demand for organs, but the offer is just stable” and said that what you want with this law is that “the country meets this need and to anticipate future demands for people not die.”

The same initiative could have had a positive impact had the government started a national campaign to ask people to express their consent to donate, or not, their organs.

In places like Colombia, a country with a dark record regarding human rights, where the State is firmly rooted and where the rule of law is what the government makes up as it goes along, the first step was to impose a law that will enable the government to snatch people’s organs.

According to figures from the National Transplant Foundation, last year there were 195 donors for 2,256 people on the waiting list for a transplant in the country.

Of that total, only 2% achieved a transplant because for each donor, there are 22 people on the waiting list.

The most susceptible organs for donation are the lungs, heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver, intestines and corneas, skin, veins, arteries, tendons and bones.

It was also estimated that a single donor can save seven to ten people and benefit from their tissues to a total of 55.

All of this could have been improved while still respecting a person’s decision to donate, or not, by kickstarting a national campaign to promote a culture of organ donation. It was not necessary to use the violence of the State to achieve.

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