Organ Sacrifice

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Organ failure within today’s world typically means one of two things: a person is put on a waiting list in hopes for an organ match through a donation or they find a match for an organ through a family member or a friend. Within recent years, some have proposed other solutions to this issue, one being the selling of organs for monetary gain or through incentives. This has led some, such as Matthew Allan and Peter Reese to make claims that “current trends regarding the use of financial incentives in medicine suggest that the time is ripe for new consideration of payments for living kidney donation” (Mackellar 54). But what these two fail to see is what harm this suggestion would bring a natural law’s standpoint through a human’s right to flourish.…show more content…
No rational person is going to want to sell an organ unless they feel like it could change their economic status or provide benefits through incentives in place. Scheper-Hughes makes the argument that "a market price—even a fair one—on body parts exploits the desperation of the poor”, which in turn destroys the livelihood of a person knowing that the only rational reason to sell an organ is based on economic struggles (Hudson**). This creates a divide from the rich and the poor where only the lowest will sacrifice their dignity to try and save themselves. Not only does this proposed organ market target the poor, but it also turns a human life into a commodity. We are no longer seen as a physical and complex being, but rather as a sack of organs with a price tag attached. When speaking to Monir Moniruzzaman, he states that even though bought kidneys may save lives, that “if you buy it from the market, it is a product, a commodity” (Resnick 6). By selling an organ, we infringe upon a person’s right to a fulfilling life and instead watch people as they are "picked…show more content…
This makes the human body seem as a means to end end instead of looking at the full picture and livelihood of a person and their right to live. By allowing the sale of organs, we see humans as “just a collection of exchangeable parts” that are available at our disposal (MacKellar 57). We as people have a moral obligation to uphold a person’s livelihood and that simply cannot b accomplished through our body parts being seen as a monetary value. We,
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