Legalization Of Organ Sales Case Study

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The debate concerning legalization of organ sales has become an on-going saga as many wage wars over moral and ethical values while the need for organs continues to grow out of control. According to the National Kidney Foundation (2015), there 101,662 recipients awaiting kidney transplants in the United States and in 2014, there were 17,105 transplants that took place. These numbers are an excellent reflection of a worldwide issue as the number of waiting recipients only increases as both population and other lifesaving organs needed are added. Archer (2013) notes that the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are approximately 7,000 kidneys illegally harvested every year worldwide (para. 10). Yet the math still does not add up …show more content…
Adair & Wigmore (2011) point out that a problem with establishing a suitable medical infrastructure in other countries remains in the cultural, social and religious barriers that exist (para. 4). This may not be the case in every country but it remains one difficult barrier to overcome as a world wide solution. Israel’s ability to overcome religious and cultural barriers as seen in the agreement on the Brain-Respiratory Death law creates the potential foundation for a compensated system. Lavee, Ashkenazi, Stoler, Cohen & Beyar (2013) describes just such a system as Israel reimburses loss wages, transportation costs, recovery costs, medical insurance, and psychological consultations post donation (pg. 781). This provides a fair and modest compensation that seems to steadily increase altruistic donation, as donors find relief to financial burdens potentially created by life threatening illness. There are also the myths that surface within the patient toward the medical field, as some may believe that becoming an organ donor signs a significant death warrant once on life support. It is a result of this fear that most states in the United States have laws in place that gives the next-of-kin, power to overturn any organ donor permission. This should not stop organizations and medical professionals …show more content…
Humanity is created on the basis of an ethical and moral foundation, but once the dynamic of life shifts, the foundation of this creation shifts as well. This in many theological debates is considered man’s freedom of choice derived from creation. This however does not excuse the behavior of those with the ability to cause harm to those less fortunate by means of financial manipulation or endangering the health of another. As the debate continues to be discussed in political arena’s the unethical and immoral actions of others are being subjected on thousands worldwide. Steps into this direction are already established with the compensation for plasma, bone-marrow and sperm to name a few. These methods coupled with attempted structures being developed in other countries help lay the foundation for a system that may make a black market trade obsolete in many countries. There is no need for a money profit system, instead a fair and modest compensation that aids in limiting the current exploitation driven by the demand for organ

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