Professor A. Bond
28 February 2015
In the United States, there are over one hundred twenty-three thousand people waiting to receive a life-saving organ donation, yet only about one out of every eight will ever receive that precious gift, and a second chance at life (optn.transplant.hrsa.gov) The demand for organ donation has consistently exceeded supply, and the gap between the number of recipients on the waiting list and the number of donors has increased by ninety-three percent since 1991 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a result, some propose radical new ideas to meet the demands, including the legalization and sale of human organs. Financial compensation for organs, which is illegal in the United States, is considered repugnant to many. The solution to this ethical dilemma is not found in a wallet; there are other alternatives available to increase the number of donated organs which would be morally and ethically acceptable.
In looking at this dilemma, one must maintain an open mind, and understand the underlined issue. The lack of regulation continues to perpetuate the problem of growing number of patients on the waiting list, and the increasing number of underprivileged societies being taken advantage of for the sale and harvest of organs.
Almost every other country has prohibitions on the sale of organs like America's. In Iran, however, selling one's kidney for profit is legal. There are no patients anguishing on the waiting list. The Iranians claim they have solved their kidney shortage by legalizing sales.
Many people will protest that an organ market will lead to exploitation and unfair advantages for the rich and powerful. But these are the same characteristics of the current illegal organ trade. Furthermore, as with drug prohibition today and alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, pushing a market underground is the way to make it predominant with violence and...
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