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Philippines    BISHOPS REJECT PRISONS KIDNEYS FOR FREEDOM DEAL
The Philippine bishops' Office on Bioethics says that a draft bill offering reduced sentences to convicts who donate their kidneys sounds "creative" but is morally defective.
    Such legislation can be "morally coercive and prejudicial," the office said in a statement.
    Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi of Caceres, who heads the office, told UCA News that the proposed deal for convicts "can be tantamount to forcing a person to make a decision that could in fact be against his will."
    The Department of Health announced in June that a bill drafted by the Kidney Patients Association of the Philippines includes a provision to commute capital punishment to life imprisonment for convicts who donate a vital organ for transplant.
   
UCAN
   
6 July 00



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