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134 Does my religion approve of organ donation?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

134 Does my religion approve of organ donation?

See also:
http://www.transweb.org/qa/qa_don/religion.htm
An often-heard question when organ donation is being discussed is: "Does my
religion approve?" Recently the New York Regional Transplant Program
published the views of major religion on the subject. Here are those
positions.

AMISH...Approved if there is a definite indication that the health of the
recipient would improve, but reluctant if the outcome is questionable.

BUDDHISM...Donation is a matter of individual conscience.

CATHOLICISM...Transplants are acceptable to the Vatican and donation is
encouraged as an act of charity.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE...No position, leaving it to the individual.

GREEK ORTHODOX...No objection to procedures that contribute to restoration
of health, but donation of the entire body for experimentation or research
is not consistent with tradition.

HINDUISM...Donation of transplant is a individual decision.

ISLAM...Moslems approve of donation provided the donors consent in writing
in advance and the organs are not stored but are transplanted immediately.
You can also read an article on donation posted at the Islamic Center of
Southern California.

JEHOVAH"S WITNESS...Donation is a matter of individual conscience with
provision that all organs and tissues be completely drained of blood.

JUDAISM...Jews believe that if it is possible to donate an organ to save a
life, it is obligatory to do so. Since restoring sight is considered life
saving, this includes cornea organ transplantation.

PROTESTANTISM...Encourage and endorse organ donation.

MORMON...Donation of transplants is an individual decision.

QUAKER...Donation or transplants is an individual decision.

So while there are variations in specific views, it is clear that major
religions of the world do in FACT PERMIT, ALLOW and SUPPORT transplantation
and organ donation. I am passing this information to all on the subscribers
of the net in hope that it will aid you in your discussions with friends on
the importance of organ donations.

Stan Simbal
slats@j51.com

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