Tissue Trade

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Officially the human body is worth zero dollars, however people are actually worth a small fortune, just not for the people who should receive the money, the families. There is an unseen business that makes its fortune out of the body tissue of your loved ones, and you are not even aware of it. This business is known as the tissue trade, and though I see the benefits of the system, it still has a long way to go before it will be considered an ethically sound business, and no longer violates basic human values. Kerry Howley, senior editor at Defunct magazine, and previous winner of the 2008 Los Angeles Press Club Award for “Best Magazine News/Investigative Article” addresses this fact, and many more in the article Who Owns Your Body Parts? …show more content…
When asked why tissue banks keep the truth from the families of the donor most respond saying that the family is much too fragile to handle the news of where the body is going to end up. Also, since there is no law stating that tissue banks must tell the families where their loved one is going to end up, most skirt around the subject. They claim that the do not tell the families because they do not want to increase the families' sadness during this depressing and stressful time. However it is much more likely that the are more concerned with obtaining another body than the families feelings. Though it is common practice now to use transplants of body parts and tissue, it was once looked upon as morally …show more content…
However now it is looked upon as something rather normal. This is because people are living longer, they are living long enough to see their bodies fall into disrepair and with the technology we have now they can get a better and brighter replacement. People are happy to spend whatever they can afford to live a better and longer life, even if that means being made up of stolen body parts. The tissue trade still have many flaws, and even though it does enhance the lives of those of us still living, it is a disgrace to those who have already passed away. The tissue trade still has a long way to go before it will be considered an ethically sound business, and no longer violates basic human

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