Organ Donation Essay by Peter Pen

Organ Donation
An overview of the international organ trade and discussion on why financial benefits for organ donors should be legal.
# 62001 | 1,344 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Nov 05, 2005 in Medical and Health (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines how the shortage of organs for patients in need of a transplant has created an organ black-market and how there is a desperate need to allow for financial compensation for organ donors in order to eliminate this black-market and to save lives. It discusses the problems of the organ trade that has developed world-wide, why compensation for organ donors should be legal, possible solutions to meet the demands, and what can be done to make it happen.

From the Paper:

"The current system for patients in need of organ transplants is failing to meet the demands that exist today. Patients are dying while on long waiting lists; therefore, they are searching for other alternatives to meet these demands. Also, spearheaded by then Senator Al Gore, The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 makes it illegal to sell human organs. Selling organs is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. As we have seen throughout history, when a commodity is both in high demand and illegal, a black-market is created. The effects of the black-market of human organs are world-wide from China, India, Brazil, and right here in the United States."

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