Controversial Issue of Organ Selling Essay

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Erin Gallagher and Natalie Lukehart Gallagher and Lukehart 1 Mrs. Greenwald Pre-IB English 10 9 March 2012 Organ Selling In the United States, there are now “…more than 105,000 people on the waiting list for solid organ transplants” (Womens Health), yet the list of donors is just a fraction of that amount. This is a controversial issue that has not only risen throughout the nation; but world-wide. Those for organ selling may argue that it saves lives, while those who are against organ selling argue that it is unethical. The black market for selling organs does exist, but what if potential donors were given incentives in a reputable commercial market: a thousand dollars for a kidney or two thousand for a heart? Would this be ethical? Could something that is usually portrayed as a selfless act, be turned into something that is practiced to pay the bills or make ends meet? People argue that the thought of selling body parts is immoral. Yet, others argue that people sell their blood, semen, and eggs every day, making it no different from organ selling. If money or another incentive were offered, the number of donors would most likely increase. According to analysts of the black market, donors typically receive tens of thousands of dollars for a heart or a kidney, which is a considerable sum in many poor communities (2 facts). While this practice may be found in more deprived countries such as India or the Philippines, organ selling is illegal in the United States at this time. The Gallagher and Lukehart 2 Organ Procurement and Transplantation Act of 1984 made it illegal for donors to receive payment for their organs. The Act states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive or otherwise transfer any human organ for valuable consideration for human transplantation” (Organ Transplantation, 75). More health

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