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Most major religions support donation as an act of human kindness in keeping with religious teachings. The following religions regard donation as a matter of individual conscience: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Please discuss any questions with a spiritual advisor organ and tissue donation clergy member.

"Nine people die every day waiting for an organ transplant in America. If everybody donated organs at death, there would be no waiting list. Human life is identical. Jew or non- Jew, chassid or secularist. Saving any human life is halachically mandated so that we transgress the laws of Shabbat to do so. If that law considering human life identical is violated, you've transgressed Torah law and endangered Jews throughout the world." Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler The Halakhic Organ Donor Association

"The Amish believe that since God created the human body, it is God who heals. However, nothing in the Amish understanding of the Bible forbids them from using modern medical services, including surgery, hospitalization,dental work, anesthesia, blood transfusions or immunization." John Hostetler, world renowned authority on Amish religion and professor of anthropology at Temple University in Philadelphia

"Hindu mythology has stories in which the parts of the human body are used for the benefit of other humans and society. There is nothing in the Hindu religion indicating that parts of humans, dead or alive, cannot be used to alleviate the suffering of other humans." H.L. Trivedi, author of "Transplantation Proceedings."

Summary of statements about donation from various religious groups

Religious leaders urge congregations to consider organ donation

Religious leaders sign proclamation in support of organ donation

Religious leaders give organ donation a boost

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