Israel: Organ Donor Incentive Plan


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Israel plans to implement a new program aimed at increasing organ donors. The program calls on residents to sign organ donor cards which will place loved ones ahead of those without donor cards on the line of recipients awaiting a suitable organ, AP reports.

The report states the program is the first of its kind in the world and supporters are optimistic that it will significantly boost organ donations.

The report concludes that chareidim oppose the plan, explaining halacha as they interpret it does not permit them to sign organ donor cards and as a result of the new policy, they will be discriminated against.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. The radical new law being pushed in Israel by a secular doctor is clearly discriminatory, because for the 1st time non-medical criteria will be used to determine who will get a lifesaving organ. The child of a chareidi couple whose rav forbids them from signing a donor card will automatically be put lower on the list than the child of someone who signs the card.

    This is unconscionable.

    Why should children suffer, children who would otherwise have gotten an organ because of their medical condition, simply because of the inability of their believing parents to sign a card?

    Will we as a community protest this discrimination?

    Dr. Zacharowicz
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