Black Health

Should We Legalize Organ Sales or Not?

Today 22 people die in the U.S. waiting for organs which they can’t have.

In November 2011 a New Yorker was pled guilty in a federal court to a crime of necessitating ‘illegal kidney transplants.’ It was reported the first proven offense of black market organ trafficking in America. His lawyer argued that the law-breaking was generous: “The transplants were ‘successful,’ and the recipients and donors are leading full and healthy lives.

Surely, why are organ sales illegalized? Donors of semen, blood, eggs, and the volunteers for medical trials, often receive compensation. Why not employ the same philosophy to organs?

Although the idea of legalization might sound crazy to most individuals, it should not, more so, since some research reveals it would save lives.

While many argue that an organ market will result in unfair advantages for the haves, this is a scenario of the current trade.

Almost every country has illegalization just like America’s. However, In Iran, selling individual’s kidney for profit is legalized. There aren’t patients suffering on the waiting list. Thus, the Iranians, have sorted out their kidney shortage problem by legalizing sales.

For a reasonable price in Japan, you can purchase kidneys and livers harvested from the executed Chinese prisoners. In India, nine years back police spotted an organ ring which had collected as many as ‘500 kidneys’ from the poor laborers. The W.H.O. approximates that world-widely, the black market accounts for about 20 percent of kidney transplants.

Though not all black market transactions are exploitative, prohibition increases black-market profit margins, turns the market to organized crime, and finally segregates those harmed by the black trade from the legal routes of recourse.

Once a transplant surgeon in London said “this trade is happening anyway, why shouldn’t we have a regulated business where anybody can agree to donate a kidney for a given price, which would be considerable? If done safely, the donor won’t suffer.”

In America, allowing a situation whereby consenting individuals participate in open transactions would downplay the exploitation of innocent Americans and illegal dealing by those intending to skive the law.

Liberals like saying, “my body, my choice,” while conservatives advocate for free markets. Therefore, real individual ownership would imply the right to sell one’s body organs, and genuine free markets would mean a market in human organs.

Even today, doctors in some occasions legally harvest organic tissue from dead patients without knowing. Meanwhile, many are perishing, and thousands are languishing while we wait for the change to the system.

The truly rational option would be to allow individuals to withhold or offer their organs unconditionally, especially upon critical points, even if it is in exchange for money.


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