Ethical Organ Donation

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A Policy Proposal for Ethical Organ Donation
It is estimated that there are around one hundred and twenty thousand patients waiting on the national waiting list for an organ transplant. The demand for healthy, fresh, and, new organs is high. “According to the National Health Services Blood and Transplant, more than twenty-two million people have pledged to help others after their death by registering their wishes on the National Organ Donor Register. Despite the high number of registered donors, most will sadly die in circumstances where they are unable to donate their organs” (Griffith, R. 2016). This is also something that has unfortunately, helped created the perfect conditions for criminals, corrupt physicians, and politicians to exploit
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According to the World Health Organization, the illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated ten thousand black market operations involving purchased human tissue and organs now take place annually. Organ donations can create a brewing ground for murky crimes! Everything from body snatching, transplantation tourism, involuntary donation, and, the black market organ trade. It is unfortunate that these crimes are on the rise. However, if government legislation were to gain control over organ donation and make ethical organ donation possible, then everyone can benefit. The people who truly need the organs would receive them, and the people who honestly want to donate to help save a life can donate. Black magic is another example as to why a policy would be beneficial. There are cases when organs are used for illicit experimentations from unethical scientists. This is not only unethical but also a biohazard to the general public. No illegal acts or doings just for the simple monetary gain will occur. It is the people who suffer most in the end from these wretched crimes. Cash and other materialistic rewards cloud the correct mental state of those in the unfortunate situation of needing an organ transplant. People will even go as far as selling their own egg or sperm nowadays, for simply the monetary reward. There are people who would give anything to …show more content…
Organ trafficking, is considered an international crime, and it is estimated to generate between six hundred million and one billion dollars in revenues each year. A big issue that relates to organ trafficking is that there is no set definition as to what exactly organ trafficking is. Therefore, a policy proposal would help this issue by setting a distinct set of guidelines to determine what exactly counts as an act of organ trafficking. Organ trafficking currently occurs in three known forms; “first, while trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal is a form of human trafficking, there is a growing realization that it is also a form of organ trafficking. Second is what is known as transplant tourism. This involves travel by potential recipients from developed countries to developing ones, where they undergo transplantation of organs purchased from local donors. The third form is organ trafficking in a narrow sense, namely, the illicit movement of human organs themselves between countries” (Makei, V. 2015). All three forms above are dangerous and contribute to both the exploitation of innocent people and rising crime rates It is unfortunate that these traffickers are only cashing in on these organ demands that are driven by an increase in diabetes and kidney disease. Trafficking in organs is considered a form of organized crime that can host many offenders. The organ trafficking

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