The Ethics of Commercial Organ Donation Persuasive Essay by KatiaK

The Ethics of Commercial Organ Donation
This paper looks at the subject of commercialized organ donation as a solution to the organ donor shortage.
# 111173 | 1,791 words | 7 sources | APA | 2005 | CA
Published on Jan 12, 2009 in Philosophy (Ethics) , Medical and Health (General) , Ethics (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that a solution proposed to the organ donor shortage is the commercialization of human body parts, and that this is a solution well worth investigation. The writer notes that in this increasingly commercial world it should come as no surprise that individuals are willing to pay for organ transplants. In fact, individuals do pay for organ transplants on a regular basis, but they do so in a manner that is currently against the law and frequently very dangerous. The writer discusses that through putting law and regulation in place individuals could receive organ transplants without leaving their own country, and donors from within the same country could receive monetary compensation for their organ donation, as well as proper medical after care. The writer concludes that if commercialized organ donation is what it will take to save lives and to prevent the exploitation of the less fortunate who are coerced into illegal and unsafe organ donation, then it should be considered a very viable solution.

From the Paper:

"Due to the organ crisis, there is a rampant black market for organs, especially kidneys, that sees individuals in deprived, often third-world countries selling their organs to rich Westerners. There are a number of serious and medically dangerous issues associated with this growing trend, not least of which is the unsatisfactory care provided to the donors. Individuals who donate their organs usually do so for very small amounts of money and receive substandard health care following their donation. The doctors who perform these illicit operations are the ones who benefit financially, while the individual who purchased the organ usually survives much longer, but still may not receive the best after-care due to the illegal nature of the operation. The donors often experience a decrease in livelihood and standard of living as they develop medical conditions that prevent them from participating in the manual labour force that is usually the only available employment. Regardless of restrictions and laws against these black market transactions, they continue, and will continue, and almost understandably. Being faced with a life threatening condition and having the means to remedy the situation through the wielding of power and money would be an opportunity not easily turned down by many individuals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barber, Nigel. "organ transplantation." Encyclopedia of Ethics in Science and Technology. Facts On File, Inc., 2002. Facts On File, Inc. Science Online. <>.
  • Barber, Nigel. "Organ Donation." Encyclopedia of Ethics in Science and Technology. Facts On File, Inc., 2002. Facts On File, Inc. Science Online. <>.
  • Sale of organs may ease transplant crisis; Doctor's Diary. (Health and Wellbeing) James Le Fanu. Daily Telegraph (London, England) May 27, 2003 p17 (692 words)
  • ETHICISTS, OFFICIALS FEAR ORGANS FOR SALE' POTENTIAL. (FRONT) Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Oct 25, 2004 pA3 (485 words)
  • Doctors oppose organ 'theft'. (News) The Independent (London, England) Feb 22, 1999 p4 (150 words)

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