476. Are the transplant and donation of organs allowed before and after death?

The transplant of organs is morally acceptable with the consent of the donor and without excessive risks to him or her. Before allowing the noble act of organ donation after death, one must verify that the donor is truly dead.


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2296. Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks incurred by the donor are proportionate to the good sought for the recipient. Donation of organs after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as a manifestation of generous solidarity. It is not morally acceptable if the donor or those who legitimately speak for him have not given their explicit consent. It is furthermore morally inadmissible directly to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons.


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the importance of gratitude and contentment according to the book of Ecclesiastes?

How does the story of Judith, in particular, the episode of her cunning in Judith 11:1-16, teach us survival strategies in difficult times, according to the Bible?

What does the promise of salvation and redemption in the midst of judgment in Micah 2:12-13 mean?

How important is caring for the dead in the Bible and what can we learn from the story of Tobiah and the burial of the dead?

O que o livro de Cantares nos ensina sobre a beleza da mulher noiva e da mulher madura?

What is the meaning of David’s song of gratitude to God?

What is the true nature of evil, according to the story of Job described in Job 2:1-13?

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