Please take a look at the position statements and rulings from different religious and cultural leaders and learn more about your religion's position on organ and tissue donation.
Vietnamese Buddhist position statement on organ and tissue donation
Australian Buddhists, with our many diverse traditions and cultures, do not have a unified view on all issues.
The majority of Buddhists are supportive of organ and tissue donation. This is underpinned by our commitment to the teachings of the Buddha to always show compassion, and endeavour to relieve suffering for all living beings.
Ultimately, the rights of individual Buddhists to make their own decision on organ donation would always be respected.
Catholic position statement on organ and tissue donation
Many people owe their lives to organ and tissue transplants. Such new technologies are hailed by the Church as a great service to life. One way of nurturing a culture of life is through a willingness to donate organs and tissues with a view to offering a chance of health and even life itself to people who are sick.
- Read the Catholic Health Australia's Code of Ethical Standards: paragraph 3:14-3:30 on organ and tissue donation (5.98 MB PDF).
- Read sections 3.14-3.26 of the Catholic Health Australia's Code of Ethics document on organ and tissue donation in Spanish (141KB PDF)
Hindu position statement on organ and tissue donation
Hindus believe that the physical body is mortal and perishable while the soul is immortal and imperishable. In none of the Hindu sacred text is there any explicit prohibition against organ donation. All Hindu sacred texts promote the virtues of not only truth, honesty and living simply, but also of selfless giving – Daana. Thus Hindu values are totally in conformity with organ and tissue donation.
Islamic position statement on organ and tissue donation
The Muslim faith in Australia places saving a life very highly. It accepts organ donation during life provided it does not harm the donor and absolute permission has been sought, and after death in order to save a life. It is seen as an act of merit and in certain circumstances may be an obligation.
- Read the fatwa from the Grand Mufti of Australia on organ donation in English (164 KB PDF)
- Read the fatwa from the Grand Mufti of Australia on organ donation in Arabic (893 KB PDF)
- Read the position statement from the Turkish Diyanet on organ and tissue donation (85 KB PDF)
- Read the position statement from the Turkish Diyanet on organ and tissue donation in Turkish (205 KB PDF)
Jewish position statement on organ and tissue donation
Judaism maintains and teaches that life and every moment of life is of infinite sacrosanct value. Therefore organ donation in order to save life is considered a divine ordinance (mitzvah). However it equally follows that Judaism insists that transplants can only take place in an appropriately supervised environment ensuring the donor has been declared deceased in accordance with Jewish Law.
- Read the Position Paper on Organ and Tissue Donation issued by the Sydney Beth Din – a world recognised authority on Jewish law in Australia (269KB)
Greek Orthodox position statement on organ and tissue donation
The Greek Orthodox Church in Australia supports organ donation as a selfless act of giving. Human life can be bettered through donation and transplantation while preserving the sanctity of life. The offering of one of the kidneys or tissue (skin, bone, marrow or blood) by a living donor is also favoured and encouraged.
- Read the Encyclical position statement from the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia (Greek version)1.32 MB
- Read the Encyclical position statement from the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia (English version)741.21 KB
- Read the Statement of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania - On Organ and Tissue Donation (English version) 82.3 KB
Serbian Orthodox position statement on organ and tissue donation
The Orthodox Church fully respects the dignity and individual integrity of the human person as created by God in His image and likeness and endowed with free will. Therefore, the question of organ and tissue donation is left to the personal choice of the individual in consultation with their spiritual father and medical doctor.