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(Nov 08, 2012) On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in organs and "to prevent taking advantage of the hardships involved for donor and recipient," by criminalizing trade in as well as mediation of the donation of organs for implantation. (Organ Implantation Draft Bill, 5764-2003 [in Hebrew], HATSAOT HOK (H.H.) Gov. 68, p. 236.)
The original Law established a
The July 2012 Amendment removes a differentiation in priority that had been made between recipients in obtaining organs. That differentiation had previously been applicable under the original Law to favor those who had themselves donated an organ or whose immediate relatives had done so, when the donation was made without having a specific designation of the recipient. (
According to explanatory notes on the draft bill, the objective of the prioritization guidance for organ allocation after death under the original Law was to give donors an incentive to donate organs. The priority given to live donors, according to these notes, however, "takes into consideration the fact that a live donor may face health risks. For this matter, the differentiation between a donor [who donates] to a specific recipient and one who does not donate to a specific recipient is irrelevant." Both types of donor, the notes state, are equally entitled to priority in obtaining organs for implantation. (Draft Bill Organ Implantation (Amendment) (Giving Priority to Any Live Organ Donor) Law, 5772-2012 [in Hebrew], H.H. Knesset No. 478 p. 238 (June 25, 2012), the Knesset website.)
|Author:||Ruth Levush More by this author|
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Last updated: 11/08/2012