Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to the donor are proportionate to the good sought for the recipient. Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity. It is not morally acceptable if the donor or his proxy has not given explicit consent. Moreover, it is not morally admissible to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons.
A woman had a teenage son who was involved in a devastating car crash. They took the comatose boy to the hospital and worked on him diligently for five days. After that, the doctors began urging the mother to pull the plug on her comatose son. They told her he was close to brain…
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