Organ Donation Importance

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Organs play a vital role within the human body. They perform specific roles, that keep us healthy and living. When an organ fails, the body has a limited amount of time before a severe illness or death occurs. Hundredths of thousands of people need organs around the world. However, the demand for organs is greater than the supply. A study shows that although ninety-eight percent of adults’ support organ donation, only forty eight percent are signed up to donate organs (U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation). Due to the shortage of a needed resource, the government should allow people to sell their organs on a market to meet its growing demand.
Currently the only way to legally receive organs is through organ transplantation. The process proves itself to be drastically slow. According to the United Network of Organ Sharing, there is a national computer system with strict standards in place to make sure ethical and fair distribution of organs. The organs are matched by blood and tissue type, size, medical urgency, and geographic location. Every ten minutes someone is added to the list of transplantations. On average, about twenty-two
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Organs are located within our bodies, making them our property as well. There is no law that specifically prohibits the selling of a person’s own property. Gerald Dworkin makes a point that, people accept the legitimacy of the sale of blood, semen, ova, hair, and tissue, which means they accept the idea that individuals have the right to dispose of their organs and other bodily parts as they choose to do so. The legalization of organ selling will express the idea that people have complete control over their bodies (Markets and Morals: The Case for Organ Sales). There are already open markets for other bodily substances and parts, why not add organs to the list as

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