I see that the debate about being able to sell your own organs has raised its ugly head again. You can read the whole article in The Independent HERE if you like, but here are the Pros and Cons with my considered views attached.
Should we be allowed to sell our organs?
The arguments for Yes
* It would boost the supply of organs helping to solve the national shortage – No, there shouldn’t be a national shortage – that is a national disgrace. If we had an opt-out clause when you become age 18 then there is no national shortage.
* It would end the existing black market in organs, making it safer for people to donate – No, there would be no black market in organs if we had an opt-out clause at age 18.
* It would mean donors were paid like everyone else – doctors, nurses, transplant co-ordinators – involved in transplantation. Why should we be paying people for their organs? Incredible – we have a National Health Service, so we should have a national organ donor clause. Oh, and it should be a condition of citizenship that you buy into this clause. No automatic opt-in – no British citizenship.
The arguments for No
* Encouraging people to sell parts of their bodies is morally wrong and would almost certainly lead to exploitation of the poor. I agree.
* Potential donors would be more likely to conceal conditions or illnesses that might rule them out. I agree.
* It would undermine the existing altruistic donor programme. I agree.
And by the way, before I get picked up on the question of under 18’s who have the misfortune of having organs to donate – it should be a condition that the parent or guardian must agree to the organ being offered – unless, of course, they opt out.
Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
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