(NEWSER) – The Islamic State may be harvesting organs from living prisoners for profit, according to a Reuters exclusive. The news company obtained a copy of Fatwa Number 68, which provides a religious justification for organ harvesting.
"The apostate's life and organs don't have to be respected and may be taken with impunity," the document states. "Organs that end the captive's life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited." "Apostates" could refer to anyone from captive Christians to Sunni or Shiite Muslims, Reuters reports. The document opens up the possibility the Islamic State is taking organs from prisoners—fatally if need be—and selling them.
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