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This text-message exchange relates to  ‘Max and Keira’s Law‘, intended to generate more organs for donation, in accordance with which the law in the UK is changing in Spring 2020 to “presumed consent”.

Dear Rabbi Simon,
It seems there is a controversy in organ donation. [A prominent rabbi has issued a ruling that halakhah requires one to “opt-out”.] Here is the link:
What’s your opinion?
Many thanks,

Dear Adam,

This is an important and emotive subject, socially and politically sensitive as well. Text message exchange does not allow for much elaboration. My view is in agreement with the ruling you mention: Opt-Out is 100% the way to go. (I would just add that, while some may charge us with a willingness to receive but not to donate, as Jews we have incontrovertibly contributed to advances in medical science far in excess to our proportion of the population [whether in Britain or worldwide]. We have every right to draw the line where Torah law requires us to do so.)

Best wishes

Rabbi Rashi Simon

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