Posted: July 28, 2009.
“According to statistics from Israel’s transplant authority and the United Network of Organ Sharing, the number of people who hold an organ donation card in Israel is at a paltry 8 percent. Most Western countries hover closer to 35 percent.”
In explanation, the author brings up Jewish law against desecrating a dead body. “Is posthumously donating an organ considered desecrating? Complicating this is determining what actually constitutes ‘dead’—does brain-dead count? Doctors might say one thing, while some rabbis might say another. Taking a Jew off life support can fast become an exercise in intellectual gymnastics once rabbis are consulted.”