Legalizing The Sale Of Human Organs

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With the increasing need of organs for medical treatment, illegal organ black markets become more rampant. Under such circumstances, should the government legalize the sale of living human organs? In Joanna MacKay’s essay Organ Sales Will Save Lives, after analyzing from both receivers’ and donors’ perspectives deliberately, she makes her own credibility to conclude that since there are potential donors and potential sellers that have a strong eager to trade kidneys, legalizing the sale of human organs would bring a win-win agreement for donors and receivers, so government should legalize the sale. However, in the article, she overstates the benefits of monetary compensation for sellers, and ignores the continued presence of exploitation of poor sellers, the risks of organ donations other than kidney and the moral attitudes of sellers. As a result, if the sale of organs were legal, organ sellers would not be benefiting as much as she states. Her arguments about the bilateral reciprocal results for both donors and receivers would be untenable by these implicit problems
To begin with, the monetary compensation for sellers would not be much greater than it is today, if we took more factors into consideration. In the article, MacKay mentions that after legalizing the sale of organs, since the government would be able to regulate the sale better, sellers would be more fairly compensated and their financial situation would be improved (MacKay 122-123). This is true, but this is
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