Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pros and Cons

PROS
  • People waiting to receive an organ would decrease because the amount of organs available would increase. The United States Department of Health and Human Services say that in the U.S alone, 17 people die each day because of organ shortages. http://www.hhs.gov/asl/testify/t030603b.html 
  • Poor people would receive compensation for their participation, which could possibly help decrease the amount of poverty in certain areas. This would improve the financial stability of many. The wealthy would not be the only ones benefitting.
  • The time it takes to receive and organ would be significantly lower, putting patients out of their misery faster. 
  • The black market obviously cannot be regulated, but if the selling of organs becomes legal, there would be no purpose for it. 
  • There would be a set price for each organ.
  • A background check on the donor will be required. The person donating and receiving will have the option of knowing to whom the organ is going to or coming from.
CONS
  • Poor people who are in desperate need of an organ and are unable to pay for it would end up on the long waiting list.
  • Who will set the price of each organ? What determines the price?
  • Putting a price on the human body could lead to human rights problems.
  • Religion plays a part if a person would want to sell a part of their body. Pope John Paul II said "buying and selling human organs violates the dignity of the human person". http://www.nature.com/ki/journal/v69/n6/full/5000262a.html 

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