Vatican     DONATING ORGANS IS ALWAYS AN 'ACT OF LOVE'
Donation of organs cannot be obligatory, because it is an 'action of human love that gives life in favor of others', according to the President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care workers, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan.
   Both the meaning of donation and the 'service to life' are fundamental aspects that cannot be put aside when this theme is discussed. He said that the donation and transplant of human organs have a moral value that legitimates the medical practice only when they assume the 'service for life'.
   He continued: "Mmedical intervention in transplants is inseparable from the human action of donation. Either alive or dead, the person to whom the resection is made must be acknowledged as a donator, that is, as somebody who freely accepts the extraction of an organ from his body."
   
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15/3/00

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