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Collecting cord blood on Shabbat

24 July, 2014

Question:

What are the limitations on collecting cord blood on Shabbat? Can it be done on Shabbat at all, taking into consideration the cost of this procedure?


Answer:

The collection of cord blood on Shabbat raises a few halachic issues. When there is a known recipient awaiting the cord blood (e.g., a sibling with cancer), it may certainly be collected on Shabbat.

Keeping in mind Shabbat issues, and also that the American Academy of Pediatrics currently opposes private storage for individual use, cord blood should not be collected on Shabbat if there is no known recipient.

If there is a special need to collect cord blood, but there is no known recipient, an individual halachic question should be asked.


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