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Israeli Organ Policy May Be D.O.A.

Innovative idea could discriminate against sect

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In an effort to raise its quite low 10 percent organ-donor rate, Israel has been planning to give those who agree to be donors a leg up when it comes to receiving organ donations. They would move up in the queue, in other words, should it ever come to that.

While bioethicists say this is perfectly kosher—“reciprocal altruism” is the apparently not-oxymoronic term—the plan has come under fire for allegedly discriminating against some ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe they are religiously barred from being donors. (Never mind that they’re not, assuming the organs are being used to save a life and not for profit.) Specifically, Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv’s 100,000 Israeli followers believe they are not allowed to donate their organs until after cardiac death (at which point the organs are dead, too). In case you were wondering, yes, they are allowed to accept donated organs.

The Knesset has passed a law enacting this whole thing. Implementation, however, is up to the health minister … there is no health minister currently, so instead it is up to the deputy health minister … the deputy health minister is—of course—an Elyashiv follower. So, we’ll see.

Does Radical New Way To Boost Organ Donation Discriminate Against Ultra-Orthodox Jews? [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]
Earlier: Israel’s New Organ Donor Policies

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Mike Shapiro says:

Looks like, yet another, attempt by the ultra-Orthodox (who can actually be classified as a cult, not a sect of Judaism) to run the show on their terms.

One only has to take a look at the recent pronouncements by this, increasingly senile, old man to see the direction that he and his followers are convinced that Judaism should go.

With any luck, the bulk of the Conservative and Reform leaders in this country will speak up more and louder to diffuse this anti-Jewish nonsense.

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Israeli Organ Policy May Be D.O.A.

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