The Dutch Senate voted in favor of a new law that automatically makes every adult living in the Netherlands an organ donor. Adults will have to explicitly opt-out of being a donor if they do not wish to participate in the life saving medical procedure.
A debate on the new, highly controversial, organ donation law in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, went on well into the night on Tuesday, but did not come to a decisive end. The Senators want initiator, D66 parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra, to first clarify a number of questions and therefore decided to postpone voting on the law by a week, NOS reports.
The number of Dutch who explicitly said 'no' to being organ donors increased by 152 thousand to 1.71 million since early 2016, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In the same period the number of people who did give permission for their organs to be donated also increased, by 36 thousand to 3.6 million.
The top four positions of the D66's draft list of candidates are made up of current party leader Alexander Pechtold and three women. Number two on the list is current parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven, number three is Hague alderman Ingrid van Engelshoven and number four is parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra, Pechtold announced on Goedemorgen Nederland on Monday morning.
The complete draft list of candidates will be released later on Monday.
D66 parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra is worried about high suicide rates among gay and transgender young people. She is calling on the government to come up with effective measures to prevent young people in this group ending their lives prematurely, the Telegraaf reports.
The VVD is very much against setting a minimum age to qualify for euthanasia after a full or completed life. In a parliamentary debate on the government's plan, VVD parliamentarian Arno Rutte called it inappropriate because it would make people who reach that age feel uncomfortable with the idea that their lives are now "complete", the Telegraaf reports.
For the first time ever more Dutch said "no" to being an organ donor during Donor week than "yes", the Ministry of Public Health Announced. And it wasn't even only one or two more in the no camp. A massive 87 percent of new registrations explicitly stated that the person does not want to be an organ donor.
Dutch parliamentarians are shocked and outraged by the high premium increase health insurer DSW announced on Monday. The insurer announced an increase of 9.4 percent, much higher than the 3.5 percent the Ministry of Health predicted on Budget Day.
The D66's plan to have every Dutch citizen automatically registered as an organ donor, unless he specifically indicates that he does not want this, is dead. The CDA decided to go against the plan, thereby making a parliamentary majority.
Two Dutch organization made a renewed call for experiments with an end-of-life pill for people who do not qualify for euthanasia on Nieuwsuur. They plan to soon submit proposals for such experiments
National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen asked Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert to secretly sign a resignation letter last year. He also withheld information regarding his reorganization plans from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, the Volkskrant reports based on information from Dullaert himself as well as other sources.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch Parliaments, supports the idea of separate shelter for threatened LGBT asylum seekers, parliamentarians from ruling parties PvdA and VVD said in Nieuwsuur on Monday night.
A total of 40,557 people signed a petition to keep Marc Dullaert in his post as Children's Ombudsman over the past few weeks. The signatures were handed over to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday
PvdA State Secretary Martin van Rijn managed to survive another parliamentary debate on the issues surrounding the healthcare personal budgets and he is now motivated to get the problems sorted out. Van Rijn promised to give personal budget payouts the priority as long s the system is not functioning properly, adding that the problems will likely continue until next year.
The D66 is pushing for gender registration to be removed from documents if does not serve a specific purpose. The party will argue this issue during a debate on emancipation today
The Cabinet wants more attention for suicides amongst LGBT youths in The Netherlands. The D66 will plead for investigation into the motivations for young lesbian and gay men and women to commit suicide in a Parliamentary Debate with Minister Edith Schippers of Health, De Volkskrant reports.