Essay on The Debate on Selling Organs

776 Words Feb 26th, 2012 4 Pages
The debate on selling Organs
Patients on a waiting list for organ transplant live under tremendous emotional stress, physical limitations, continuous medical care, and in some cases, under daily medical attention. Family members and close friend are also affected by watching their love one day-after-day live with limitations and medical needs that a simple pill can’t fix. Furthermore, the financial medical hardship creates even more unwanted stress. So it’s easy to see why family members would be advocates for legalizing the sale of an organ. I too can see why those family members would feel and agree to ideal of buying an organ from an individual who is willing to sell. However, I also understand the government’s ethical and moral
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Public health concerns clearly motivate a policy that bans selling of body parts. Allowing people to broker their organs could result in the exploitation of most destitute segments of the population. Critics argue that if organ selling were legalized, poor people would put their health at risk by selling their organ out of desperation. In effect, they wealthy people who have the money to buy organs would benefit at the expense of poorer segments of the population, and that is unacceptable (Organ Selling).
Proponents of prohibition often dwell on the social risks associated with the “commodification” of the body. They argue there is value in (a) setting limits to what can be bought or sold in the market as a commodity, e.g. treating flesh differently from corn; and (b) supporting systems that rest on and promote voluntary giving, especially where the gift is life itself.
Pro-legalization, in the face of the shortage of organs and other tissues, with people on waiting lists dying every day, the proponents argue that the safety risks associated with payment are outweighed by the benefits of an increased supply. Improved screening and testing would in any event ameliorate, if not solve, the safety problem. Secondly, according to this theory, it is immaterial that desperate

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