It is our objective to inform the general public with the factual information provided by this site. We find that most people who have signed up to be organ donors have not been fully informed about the donation process, in particular this truth - that a person is not dead when their organs are taken. Upon learning the actual details, the majority of them choose to be removed from the organ donor list.
If you have signed up as a donor and wish to remove yourself from the list, please contact your state government to find out what you need to do. The method of signing up may vary from state to state, and the way to get your name removed may vary as well.
We ask that you forward this web site to everyone in your mailbox. If you know of anyone who does not have E-mail please print these articles and/or brochures and send them by postal mail.
Thank you for your help with this urgent matter.
We urge leaders of all faiths and denominations to join in our effort by discussing this vital life and death issue at your next leadership conference. Please send us your official statements with permission to add them to this list via the "Contact" button above.
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Statement of the Roman Catholic Church:
Pope Benedict XVI on Nov 7, 2008 stated:
“Individual vital organs cannot be extracted except ex cadavere, which, more-over, possesses its own dignity that must be respected. “The principal criteria of respect for the life of the donator must always prevail so that the extraction of organs be performed only in the case of his/her true death. (cf. Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 476).” The Catholic Catechism 2296 states: “…it is not morally admissible directly to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons.”
Please click on the sidebar article: "Catholic teaching on death and organ transplantation" for additional statements.