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Article 8 - Organ Donation Religion and Organ Donation All major religions in the world view organ donation as act of charity or make it clear that it is a decision to be left up to the individual or family. AME & AME Zion (African Methodist Episcopal) Organ and tissue donation is viewed as an act of neighborly love and charity, and members are encouraged to support donation to help others. Amish The Amish consent to donation if they know it is for the health and welfare of the transplant recipient. They believe that since God created the human body, it is God who heals. However, they are not forbidden from using modern medical services, including surgery, hospitalization, dental work, anesthesia, blood transfusions, or immunization. Assembly of God Donation is supported though no official policy has been stated. The decision is left up to the individual. Buddhism Buddhists believe organ and tissue donation is a matter that should be left to an individual’s conscience. Reverend Gyomay Masao Kubose, president and founder of The Buddhist Temple of Chicago said, “We honor those people who donate their bodies and organs to the advancement of medical science and to saving lives.” The importance of letting loved ones know your wishes is stressed. Catholicism Organ and tissue donation is considered an act of charity and love, and transplants are morally and ethically acceptable to the Vatican. Related Link: Pope Francis Supports Organ Donation — a “Testimony of Love for Our Neighbor.” Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
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The Christian Church encourages organ and tissue donation, stating that we were created for God’s glory and for sharing God’s love. A 1985 resolution, adopted by the General Assembly, encourages “members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to enroll as organ donors and prayerfully support those who have received an organ transplant.” The Church of Christ, Scientist Christian Scientists do not take a specific position on transplants or organ donation. They normally rely on spiritual, rather than medical means for healing. Organ and tissue donation is an issue that is left to the individual church member.
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