Law n. 1805, passed by Congress last August and recently ratified, establishes organ donation in Colombia as mandatory.
"There is nothing
wrong in it" said His Exc. Mgr. Juan Vicente Cordoba Villota, Bishop of
the diocese of Fontibon and President of the Episcopal Commission for
The Archbishop explained that the position of the Catholic Church on
this law "does not contradict the doctrine, nor does it affect the
dignity of the person, but on the contrary, it is pro-life, it is a work
of charity and love toward someone who needs an organ", informs the
note sent to Fides by the Colombian Episcopal Conference.
Mgr. Cordoba Villota however asked for strict controls in the new
regulation on organ donation. The Church is decisively opposed to organ
Law 1805 of 2016, passed by Congress provides that all Colombians to be
organ donors, in order to meet the needs of more than 3,000 people who
are waiting for a donor, unless they have expressed their refusal to do
Anyone may reject the legal presumption of being an organ or tissue
donor by stating so in a written document that must be notarized and
recorded at the National Institute of Health.
This is why Mgr. Córdoba
Villota has called for more attention in rural areas, where there are no
notaries and the population is more vulnerable.