Some good news today!
After the committed and concerted effort on the part of so many, in particular, Dr. Marie Hilliard of the NCBC and Stephen Mikochik representing the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, the Board of Directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) has agreed to table, for further review, the controversial proposal to revise the requirements for a form of organ donation known as: Controlled Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD). NCBC's concerns for this proposal were reviewed and discussed at the OPTN meeting on June 24-25, 2013. The NCBC is grateful to OPTN for their willingness to listen to its and other agency and individual concerning this proposal, and looks forward to further constructive dialogue with OPTN. It is imperative that those wishing to support organ donation and transplantation programs, including NCBC as well as donors, beneficiaries, and the health care providers involved in organ transplantation, feel assured that programs protect informed consent and the dead donor rule. Again, thanks are extend to the board of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network for their willingness to consider these concerns.
Let's be thankful for these victories, and let us all continue to pray for strength and change while we face so many other difficulties as Catholic Americans.