Law minister clears Bill legalizing organ swaps

New Delhi: Its a move that will save thousands of lives and prevent terminally ill patients from falling prey to unscrupulous organ traders. The Union law ministry has cleared the long-pending amendments to the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, and will send the draft Bill to the Cabinet secretary on Tuesday.

The Bill, which is scheduled to be introduced in the next session of Parliament, seeks to legalize swapping of vital organs between willing but incompatible donors. At present, transplants can take place only between blood relatives and those emotionally close to the patient. Swapping will help patients who have relatives willing to donate but are medically incompatible for the recipient.