Should people be allowed to sell their own organs?
Surely the ultimate test of freedom is your ability to do whatever you want with your own body. That includes selling your organs if you so wish.
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Our organs are our property to sell.
Side opposition would tell you that organ's can't be transferred because they necessary for your life. Consider, however, that organ donations are legal. Clearly the government does allow you to transfer your organs, just not for monetary recompense.
Not everything you own can be sold on. Your prescription medicine is technically yours, but you can't legally sell on your prescription medicine. The same is technically true of some games.
It may be legal to DONATE organs, but that is all it is donating. What are you going to do with your organs when you are dead and buried in the ground? Nothing. And as said above we need most of our organs in order to survive, but why not give something you dont need without having to be reimbursed for it. Even if many people are actually the right match, they are still froced to donate their organs through emotional manipulation, through this is can cause all types of stress and anxiety for the donator.
Another point is that millions of years ago, the first person to be created had been fromed with organs, this had actually created their lives, so why not prevent the face of the earth from being wiped out, by forgetting about history?
If there was no law against selling organs, people too poor to support themselves would sell their organs to survive and they would sill live in poverty, living from paycheck to paycheck.
Regarding the points in the "No" section:
The first point is only true if you would limit sale to a single governmental purchaser - such as the NHS. Although adding increase complexity to the situation, it may be permissible to allow highly regulated private sales.
However, personally, I agree that sale should be restricted to a single body to avoid abuse. On that note, even if the NHS would have to purchase the organs - say, £15k for a kidney - this is still drastically less than the costs of maintaining a patient on dialysis for the rest of their lives. Also, the quality of life received from a donation as opposed to dialysis is extreme.
Regarding the second point, you are drastically undercutting the effectiveness of such procedural safeguards that could be implemented. Even the simplest of tests could ensure sold organs would be free from disease - how would someone cheat a blood test?
It also means that people will be attracted to the idea of selling organs when they aren't medically fit to - even though there would be safeguards, people will constantly be trying to commit fraud and cheat on tests to get through them.
A good last ditch way of getting money.
Regarding the "no" arguments:
First, I agree that it is terrible that people live in poverty - but simply saying that they "should be helped" doesn't really cut the mustard - how do you plan to remove all poverty?
Second - although illegal organ sales in countries such as India have demonstrated that the money received isn't enough to remove them from poverty (because the amounts received are around £3-5k if that!), the amounts that could be paid in a developed country like the UK may indeed be enough to pay off debts, put down a deposit, rent a flat for a few months - £15k can achieve a lot!
Secondly, selling your organs is not a good way to get out of poverty. It provides a single cash-infusion, coupled with increased life-time health-care costs. In order to extricate yourself from poverty you need steady, reliable income.
opportunity for corruption
Not only that but it seems like the person would become like a marketplace selling his organs!!!! If someone dies then if he or she have mentioned that they want to donate their kidney for example to help someone then it is fine but otherwise if we thought about it, suppose that the person starts selling his kidney or any other organ of his body basically he or she are doing it for money but what if the person's other kidney get damaged then what will the person do.
Besides it will be a stronger cause of corruption because many people are poor and need money to feed their famillies so they sell their kidneys however this may cause future health problems to that person.
Using the word 'advertising' to say that you want to sell your oragn is a word that chose how people's life and organs specifically does not matter much. Even though we are helping someone else but it selling your kidney shouldn't have a market for it !!!!!?????? Just do it if you can and not becuase you have to because of poverty which in many cases this is the situation.
People can't be bought and sold.
temporarily selling themselves with their own informed consent, its called working for a wage.
I always find the slavery comparison slightly frustrating. Noone who advocates the permissibility of organ sale says that you should be able to sell yourself. This is just a gross exaggeration of the point. Now you may be thinking, what is to stop me doing so? Well, the law. It is entirely, 100%, definitely possible to limit which organs a person can sell, and just how many of them.
For example, you should not be able to sell vital organs - otherwise this would in effect be murder, brining in issues such as euthanasia.
Anti-market individuals always take points to the extreme, without realising that there is a middle ground that can easily be achieved! We can permit the sale of organs, and we can limit this through strict regulation!
organs woud be ony accesible for those who have money
Even without a National Health Service, other countries could still fund the organ selling, and therefore help to save many lives.
Anyway, some people may still donate organs just because they think its the right thing. If so, the patients wouldn't have to pay any more than normal in counties such as America for such an operation. I don't know how much they have to pay; being a UK citizen, I'm used to a free health service, a very useful and good thing.
What do you think?