Organ Donation

Not a duty but an act of mercy

There is currently a growing problem in transplantation medicine: while the number of organ donors has remained roughly the same, there is a growing group of patients who need an organ. Against this background, the Federal Council wishes to use its ‘More Organs for Transplants’ action plan to increase the donation rate from the deceased by around one-third of the previous 13 to 20 people per million inhabitants. For this reason, a switch is to be made from the extended consent system currently stipulated by law to the presumed consent system. The publication The Body as a Gift presents a Reformed view on the subject of organ donation and formulates ten answers to key questions about the initiative.


Frank Mathwig, Senior Theology and Ethics Officer