The Legalization Of Organ Trade Essay

918 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Legalization of Organ Trade
In 2014, 4,270 people died while being on the kidney transplant list; those 4,270 do not include the 3,617 people who were also on the wait list who became too ill to receive a kidney. Even though 17,000 kidneys were donated in 2014, 12 people continue to die every day due to the shortage of organ availability through organ donation (The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) Annual Report, UNOS, and United States Renal Data System. "Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistics."). A recent ethical argument has risen regarding a possible alternative to help decrease the organ shortage. The alternative is referred to as the “organ black market”. Just like any other black market, the organ black market is the illegal selling and purchasing of transplant organs like kidneys, hearts, livers, tissue, etc. Even though the organ black market is deemed illegal, it is accountable for an estimated 10% of organ transplants performed worldwide (Kelly 2013). Due to the significate organ demand the purchasing of organs should be legalized because it has the ability to save lives, people are going to continue to utilize the black market, and “it is my body.”
It was just over 60 years ago when the ethical argument regarding organ transplantation was being discussed. The first successful organ transplant was conducted by Dr. Joseph E. Murray on…

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