Israel is set to outlaw trafficking in human organs

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1117
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    A decade after Israel's health ministry first began preparing it, a bill that will make it a criminal offence to sell human organs for transplantation or to act as an intermediary in such transactions is due to be passed by the Knesset, Israel's parliament. The bill, which prohibits trafficking in human organs in Israel and by Israeli residents abroad, was approved in committee for its final readings in the full assembly.

    Traffickers—but not donors or recipients in illegal transactions—will get three years in prison or a fine equivalent to $50 000 (£24 000; €34 000).

    Legislators hope that the law …

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