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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
The NCBC Recommends Caution Regarding New Graft/Transplant Proposals
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:50:00 PM
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The NCBC Recommends Caution Regarding New Graft/Transplant Proposals 

April 14, 2015

At the end of March, The National Catholic Bioethics Center provided public comment to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and voiced concerns about language used in new proposals that could allow for living organ donors to undergo dangerous transplantation procedures. The NCBC's Director of Public Policy, Dr. Marie Hilliard, led a coordinated effort with the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) to strongly recommend that the proposals be revised and clarified to explicitly protect the rights of donors, to provide clear and separate applications for dangerous donations that require a deceased donor, and to avoid open-ended language that could allow for living donors to have procedures such as a larynx removal even though a larynx transplant would "most likely lead to the death of a donor."


In our submitted commentary, the Center  fully acknowledges that the Catholic Church seeks to "encourage organ donation as providing a gift of life to those in need" and that,  "in terms of both living and deceased donors, the same generosity of donors is recognized." Yet organ donation is appreciated and accepted fully only so "long as there is respect for true informed consent, donor and recipient safety, and human physical integrity."  The NCPD, for its part, added  that those with disabilities must always be considered, and their rights and needs protected by our government, whenever "any regulatory policy is being developed."


We at the NCBC hope that our comments will be helpful, will defend human dignity, and will secure the public safety that we are all expected to protect.


To read a full copy of the NCBC's submitted commentary, click HERE.


For more information on the new OPTN proposals and rules in questions, click HERE.