Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv has expressed his opposition to the new Brain Death Law, which was introduced to facilitate organ donor availability [reported HERE on YWN]. The bill defines brain death as declared by two physicians, following specialized testing to determine profound brain stem death.
Rav Elyashiv is reported to have stated that even a seriously ill patient whose brain has ceased functioning is still alive according to Torah Law as long as his heart beats and removal of such a person’s organs would be shefichas domim.
Posters have already appeared in Yerushalayim, in Meah Shearim, calling to “Stop the murders” in reference to the new law.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)