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Welsh Jews Protest Potential Organ Donation Law

November 5, 2012 3:08 pm 6 comments

A organ donor card.

The Welsh government is proposing a new law that will make everyone an automatic organ donor unless they officially opt out. Religious groups in the country, including Jewish, are voicing their objections.

“We believe that people should be able, or the family of the deceased should be able, to agree to organs being taken as a gift as a donation. I would have preferred there not have been a bill,” said Stanley Soffa, chairman of the South Wales Jewish Representative Council, according to the BBC.

Currently in Wales, specialist nurses approach families of potential donors even if they are not listed in the donor registry. Of those, about 60 percent agree to donate their organs or the organs of a loved one. The Welsh government hopes to increase this figure with the new law by 15 extra donors and about 45 more organs for transplant throughout the UK every year.

“Under the current system, clinicians take a sympathetic approach with families and strive to help them make decisions in accordance with their faith, even though if the person is on the organ donor register they have the legal right to proceed with transplantation. There will be the same approach in principle if the new law is passed,” a Welsh government spokesman said.

6 Comments

  • The law is OK, the demonstrators are not. If they do not like the democratically designed regulations of the nation they have select to reside in, then the boundaries are start for them to look for another nation where they can do just what they want.

  • Richard Lockwood

    To Sue – A very Good Question.

    To Robert – you just don’t get it. The Jew have a very good point, Also many have suffered agonising death, has they were still living. Organ donation should be volantary

  • My question is:

    Why are there so many People TODAY having major body organs malfunctioning and shutting down? What is causing this, is the main focus of this story… and btw…. there were less Humans sick in the 70’s… even less in the 1812’s, so why in the 2000’s when they brag how good our technology is, they are Harvesting from Human Bodies? Is it to promote more sick experiements like Hitler and Mengel, dr Death performed, one questions things these days….. especially with the increasing rates of Humans bodies Malfunctioning and shutting down… what is causing it??? Why is it certain people — Prince Philip is living to be 90 something yet normal people on the bottom are having major health issues in their 20s , 30’s and 40;s…

  • they don’t the idea of goyim getting their organs do they?

  • Robert M Soran-Schwartz

    The law is OK, the protesters aren’t. If they don’t like the democratically created laws of the country they’ve chose to live in, then the borders are open for them to look for another homeland where they can do just what they want.
    Or just OPT OUT, damn it!

    • Dear Robert,

      The point of a democracy is that everyone has a say.
      The jews are not contesting a law, they are debating about a law that has yet to pass. Clearly you need some education on how a democracy works.

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