Filipino Bishops say organ sale morally unacceptable

The illegal trade of organs in the Philippines has compelled the country's Catholic Bishops to urge the government to impose tougher regulations on organ donation.

Reuters reports the Bishops are worried over abuses which have been a result of the lucrative trade of kidneys.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the Philippines as a country which promotes "transplant tourism" to attract foreigners.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Philippines (CBCP) head Angel Lagdameo said organs sale was "morally unacceptable".

"They are human beings and cannot be treated as commodities. We encourage voluntary organ donation from cadavers and also from living donors," Bishop Lagdameo said.

The Department of Health said the cost of a kidney in the country was estimated at 150,000 pesos ($3,600), with the donor getting only a third of the amount while two-thirds went to middlemen.

Quoting from a statement issued by the late Pope John Paul II, the bishops said organ donation should not be a paid practice since "it is a decision to offer a part of one's own body for the health and well-being of another person".

Philippine bishops urge halt to organ trafficking (Reuters 28/01/08)

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30 Jan 2008