Thursday, April 17, 2008
For Sale: 34-Year-Old Kidney (slightly used)
Should you be allowed to sell your own organs for transplant? Philosophy Now reports that Philosophy Prof. Mark J. Cherry of St Edward’s University, Austin, Texas has called for the trade to be legalized. He believes this would destroy an existing black market and improve the conditions surrounding transactions. He made the proposal in Prohibitions, a book published by the Institute of Economic Affairs
In a radio debate he was opposed by an organ-recipient who felt that all donations should be altruistic. His proposal was welcomed cautiously by Prof. Nadi Hakim, the surgeon who performed the world’s first hand transplant. Having seen the changes possible in patients who receive transplanted organs, he said that such items were beyond price, but that any method to stimulate the supply of donors should be examined.