Sunday, August 24, 2014

Organ Sales

Interesting piece in the Times about "organ brokers."

Money quote:  "Some physicians and ethicists question the relative morality of allowing thousands to die [waiting for organs] just because the means of saving them is considered repugnant. A regulated marketplace, they say, could all but eliminate the shortage. It is no accident, they argue, that the only country that allows compensation for donors — Iran — effectively has no waiting list."

So, to put it unfairly, is it just for people who don't need money, and who don't need organs, to prevent people who need organs from finding people who need money?  How much should we value the moral smugness of those so disinterested and insulated from the consequences of imposing value judgments on others that they can contemplate "ethics"?

With a nod to Kevin Lewis...

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Do you have suggestions on where we could find more examples of this phenomenon?