Blood Sale

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Question 1: Is Sol Levin running a business ‘just like any other business’, or is his company open to moral criticism? Defend your answer by appeal to moral principle. Sol Levin’s business has adopted the practices that would create injustices or would violate the rights of individuals due to this business is allowing blood to be bought and sold in unfair manner. Every person has an equal right to life. To protect this right, society has an obligation to ensure that every person whether rich or poor has equal access to medical benefits. But if a market in blood were to develop, ability to pay would determine who could buy blood, while economic need would determine who would be motivated to sell their blood. The very wealthy would…show more content…
Legalization by itself would not solve the problem. But if we were to accept that, in principle at least, the trade in human blood might be socially acceptable. In moral principle, Plasma International should do it in a responsible way and should not be materially changed by introducing a commercial transaction so that people do not get exploited. Question 2: Did Plasma Intenational strike a fair bargain with the West Africans who supplied their blood to the company? Or is Plasma guilty of exploiting them in some way? Explain your answer. Plasma International is guilty of exploiting the West Africans who supplied their blood. The prospect of the most disadvantaged in society selling their own body parts just to get by assaults the most basic principles of human dignity. The decision of signed an agreement with several tribal chieftains to purchase blood from rural West African has made the commercial trade in blood illegal is further exacerbating the exploitation of the poor. (, 2014) Some of the issues hotly debated include the moral abuses of the naive African persons, the "exorbitant" profit netted, and the company's earning from others' pain. Community leaders and spokespersons have expressed their shock at Plasma International taking advantage of the "poor" Africans, by paying them a pittance for their blood. This means that Plasma International cannot morally continue paying so little to the
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