Without having seen the study inside, I would have to believe that R. Tendler is right in that the writers have a specific agenda. I continue to wonder sometimes about the RCA’s thinking when it comes to certain issues. I see this as shortsighted on their parts. I guess we will have to wait and see what comes from this policy statement.
Update: Gil Student has a guest post on his blog about Brain Death.
Update 2: It seems this issue is becoming more complicated. See An Untenable Position and Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler: “Rabbis Do Not Have The Necessary Background To Understand” Brain Stem Death.
Update 3: There are many rabbis who have come out against the RCA declaration (h/t failed messiah). There statement basically reiterates the idea that we should be willing to accept Brain-Stem death as the criteria for death because we shouldn’t be selfish to accept organs when we wouldn’t give organs. I still need to read the RCA statement but the more I here, the more I think they were wrong in their approach.