Besides, if it isn't a problem anyway, I fail to see how legalizing it would cause those problems to appear. Either there is enough demand for black market organs (and the associated abuses), or there isn't. If there is a respectable alternative, this would reduce the demand for black market organs even more.
Like what? And do these problems outweigh the loss of thousands of lives each year?Originally Posted by Orius
That system doesn't meet the necessary demand.Originally Posted by Orius
I don't know how inheritance law works in Canada, but in most US states you can clearly say that in your will.Originally Posted by Orius
In the US, it's more or less a crapshoot. Your doctor assesses your need, then you go to a random spot on the waitlist, among other people who were evaluated by different doctors with different standards. If you're lucky, you make it to the top of the list and get your organ. If not, you die.Originally Posted by Orius
Market forces wouldn't create a perfect need-based system, but they would certainly help identify who needs the organs the most.
Extorting people for their organs - This is a black market abuse. If it isn't a problem now, why would it be a problem if organ sales were legalized?Originally Posted by Orius
The poor being more likely to give up body parts - Probably true. But so what? If they need $15,000 more than they need a kidney, and someone else needs a kidney more than they need $15,000, then the two can make an exchange and everyone is happy.
Debt being repaid with organs - Not unless the law specifically authorized that, which I would oppose.
I don't see how legalizing it and regulating it could possibly make the black market worse.Originally Posted by Orius
Legalization tends to REDUCE prices, as demand stays the same while supply increases. It also eliminates the risk premium in the price associated with getting killed or arrested.Originally Posted by Orius
Why? People could still donate organs to their family members, friends, or even a complete stranger if they wanted to.Originally Posted by Orius