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  •  The better analogy (13+ / 0-)

    is whether a business owned by an Orthodox Jew would have to provide health care to its employees that included a transplant of a pig's heart valve.  The answer to that is yes, the law would already mandate it.  An Orthodox Jewish employee could refuse to have the pig's valve implanted in his or her body, and another employee could choose to have it.  

    •  Medications don't have to be kosher. (1+ / 0-)
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      "There are no restrictions or requirements concerning medicine and kosher laws for those who are ill. In fact, it is interesting to note that according to Jewish law, "eating" is defined as an act done with the mouth. Food or medications taken through the veins is not considered "eating" in Jewish law and as such, are exempt from kosher laws."

      From the above, even by a strict definition of keeping kosher, surgical implantation of pig parts can't be confused with "eating."

      Wikipedia article states on xenotransplantation that "Religious beliefs, such as the Jewish and Muslim prohibition against eating pork, have been sometimes thought to be a problem, however according to a Council of Europe documentation both religions agree that this rule is overridden by the preservation of human life."

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