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The Sale of Organs Should Remain Illegal

Mackenzie Boyd
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Transcript of The Sale of Organs Should Remain Illegal

There are numerous reasons why the sale of organs should not be legalized. Legalization of an organ market could lead to an increased murder rate due to the increased value of organs. Legalization of organ sale would open up valuable organs to anyone willing to pay the price. The legalization of this market would also lead to the exploitation of the poor, who would voluntarily sell essential organs for money. The lower classes would rarely receive organs because donors would only want to sell to upper classes for higher prices rather than donate for nothing in return. Desperate organ receivers would be forced into paying outrageous prices if organs were on the market. The legalization of organ selling would lead to more harm than good.


The legalization of organ selling would lead to more harm than good.
Organ Sale Should Remain Illegal
There are more than one hundred twenty-three thousand people in the U.S. on the waiting list for an organ, but just one organ donor can save up to eight lives. Even without the legalization of the sale of organs, many people still receive the organs they need.
Benefits of the Current System
Organ Donation Has More Positives Than Organ Sale
The illegalization of organ sale allows organ donations to go to only the people most in need of organ transplants. The non-existence of an organ sale market guarantees a donation system that is fair to people of all classes, where those who have waited the longest or those in the most critical condition receive organ donations first. It also ensures that all procedures be conducted under safe and professional circumstances as well as put on record.
The legalization of the sale of organs would only cause chaos in the system. It is true that every twelve minutes another person is added to this list, but there are also always more people willing to donate. Most major religions support organ donation; however, the legalization of organ sale would cause issues for some religions. The organization of the current donation system establishes the safest, most incontrovertible way for people to exchange organs.

3rd period
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
By Mackenzie Boyd
Background and Standpoint
Intro to The Sale of Organs
Organs Are Not Meant to be Bought or Sold
Concluding Statements
During the early 1900s transplants began to emerge through the transplantation of kidneys from monkeys, pigs, and goats; sadly none of the recipients of these organs lived long. The first successful kidney transplant was conducted in 1954. In 1960, anti-rejection drugs were introduced so that recipients could receive organs from non-identical donors. During the 1960’s, the first successful lung and pancreas transplants took place. Due to transplants becoming less dangerous, the National Organ Transplant Act was enacted in 1984 to monitor ethical issues and address the country's organ shortage. This act set the guidelines for donation procedures and prohibited the sale of human organs. The Secretary of Health and Human Services established a Task Force on Organ Procurement and Transplantation to regulate donor organs and organ receivers. One of the duties of the Task Force includes handling all medical, legal, ethical, economic, and social issues that may arise from organ transplantation from the deceased.

The phenomenon of organ selling has long been controversial. Some people believe that it should be legal because it would benefit more people. However, the increased crime rate and the exploitation of the poor are two of many reasons why organ donation should remain illegal. The issue of legalizing an organ selling market has been discussed at length for a long time. Indeed there are some pros to such a market (for specific people), but there are also many cons to the ethicalness of such an institution. The negative effects of organ sale outweigh the possible benefits; therefore, in order to maintain morale and order among organ exchanges, organ sale should remain in its current stance as illegal.

The Sale of Organs Should Remain Illegal

Exploitation of the Poor and Possible Increased Crime

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