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What Your Religion Says About Organ and Tissue Donation

AME & AME Zion
Donation is viewed as an act of neighborly love and charity by these denominations. They encourage all members to support donation as a way of helping others.

Amish
Approved if there is a definite indication that the health of the recipient would improve, but reluctant if the outcome is questionable.

Assembly of God
Donation is highly supported.

Baptist
In 1988,the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution supporting donation as a way to alleviate suffering and have compassion for the needs of others. Donation is advocated as an act of charity.

Christian Scientist
The question of donation is left to the individual church member.

Episcopal
In 1982, a resolution was passed that recognizes the life-giving benefits of blood, organ and tissue donation. All Episcopalians are encouraged to become donors.

Greek Orthodox
Donation is supported as a way to better human life through transplantation or research.

Hinduism
There is nothing in the Hindu religion indicating that parts of humans cannot be used to alleviate the suffering of other humans.

Independent Conservative Evangelical
In general, Evangelicals have no opposition to donation. Each church is autonomous and leaves the decision to donate up to the individual.

Islam
The principle of saving lives is of utmost importance.

Jehovah's Witness
Donation is a matter of individual decision.

Judaism
All four branches of Judaism support and encourage donation.

Lutheran
The Lutheran Church in America passed a resolution in 1984 stating that donation contributes to the well-being of humanity.

Mennonite
They believe the decision to donate is up to the individual and/or their family.

Mormon
In 2007 the Church of Latter Day Saints issued a statement on donation, which read in part: "The donation of organs and tissues is a selfless act that often results in great benefit to individuals with medical conditions."

Pentecostal
Pentecostals believe that the decision to donate should be left to the individual.

Presbyterian
Presbyterians encourage and support donation.

Quakers
Organ and tissue donation is believed to be an individual decision.

Roman Catholic Church
Donation is viewed as an act of charity and love. Transplants are morally and ethically acceptable to the Vatican.

Seventh Day Adventist
Donation and transplantation are strongly encouraged.

Unitarian Universalist
Donation is widely supported and viewed as an act of love and giving.

United Methodist
A 1984 policy statement notes that the church "recognizes the life-giving benefits of organ and tissue donation, and thereby encourages all Christians to be come organ and tissue donors."