Organ donation is the process of giving an organ to someone who is in need of an organ transplant. Such procedure is only possible upon the death of the donor. While there are religions that are against it, there are also some religions who approves it. So, in this article, we would be discussing how different religions view organ donation.
Donating organs is encouraged in Judaism, especially if the main purpose for it is to save lives. For them, the said procedure does not disrespect the body of the deceased in any way and so, the deceased are honored. In addition to that, it is also considered as a commanded obligation and those who have refused to do it is actually violating that commandment stating that every resource should be used in order to save lives.
Organ donation is ethically acceptable to Christianity for it is considered to be an act of love and charity. The act itself is also seen as a sacrificial giving of oneself to others and a way to follow the example led by Jesus Christ. This is the reason why it is viewed as a good thing. Even Pope John Paul II said that through organ transplantation, a man was able to find a way to offer himself in order to let others continue on living.
In Islam, organ donation is considered to be a genuine act of charity and love, especially if the organ failure is already at the lethal stage. In fact, they even encourage the said act. Nevertheless, Muslims consider the life of humans as something sacred and should be persevered. With that being said, the dignity of the deceased should not be violated in any way during the process.
There is no religious law that hinders Hindus to donate their organs. In fact, it is best described as selfless giving. It was even listed on the 10 Niyamas or virtuous acts. In addition to that, Hinduism firmly believes in life after death and that it is the law of Karma that decides in next life which way the soul would go to.
For Buddhism, they don’t necessarily agree or disagree with the process of organ donation. For them, it depends on a person’s conscience. Nevertheless, they give honor to people who have decided to donate their organ and bodies for the advancement of medical science and in order to save people’s lives. There are also times when it is considered as an act of generosity, especially if it was the wish of the person who died.
Amish gives consent to the organ donation procedure if it is done either for the welfare or for the health of the one who would be receiving the organ, especially if there is an assurance that the health of the patient would improve after receiving the organ.
This only goes to show that there are a lot of religions who view the act of organ donation in a positive light.