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    Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    With the supply of useable organs limited, should a person or that person's family be able to sell their organs after they have died?

    Please answer with why or why not.
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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    You're no longer using them and if your religion or morality doesn't object, I can see no other good reason to stop the sale.

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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    I think people should donate their organs (or their families should agree to have them donated after they die). But they shouldn't be selling them.
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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    Yes, they absolutely should. In fact, people should be able to sell their organs while they're still alive, as long as it's an organ they don't need to survive (such as an extra kidney).

    The fact is that organ donation is a nice idea, but the fact that there is such a shortage of widely available organs indicates that it simply does not work. Introducing market incentives would be a HUGE improvement, and would make both the buyer and seller much better off than they would be without the transaction.
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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    No. Our bodies are not commodities to be sold, and access to healthcare should not be a privilege of the wealthy.

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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    No. Our bodies are not commodities to be sold,
    Why not?

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    and access to healthcare should not be a privilege of the wealthy.
    You'd rather that no one gets access to those organs because they aren't used?
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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why not?
    Because, in the end, we're all made of meat. There are some roads society is better off not going down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    You'd rather that no one gets access to those organs because they aren't used?
    If it came down to it, yes. I would rather waste perfectly good organs and let people die without them than allow them to be traded on the open market. There are better ways to encourage people to become organ donors. I would go so far as to say that brute force-- making organ donation mandatory-- is a better option than allowing people to sell their relatives' cadavers.

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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Because, in the end, we're all made of meat. There are some roads society is better off not going down.



    If it came down to it, yes. I would rather waste perfectly good organs and let people die without them than allow them to be traded on the open market. There are better ways to encourage people to become organ donors. I would go so far as to say that brute force-- making organ donation mandatory-- is a better option than allowing people to sell their relatives' cadavers.
    Even in countries that have presumed consent, such as the UK, there are organ shortages. In the case of organ transplants, most people just aren't that motivated to help others out of the goodness of their heart; money is much more effective.

    And how do you square FORCING people to donate organs with opposing a market-based system? You've obviously already embraced the idea that human bodies are commodities, so why not at least let people get a little money for it?
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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    Not only should we sell our organs, but we should be able to buy designer organs...

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    Re: Should you or your family members be able to sell your organs post mortem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    And how do you square FORCING people to donate organs with opposing a market-based system? You've obviously already embraced the idea that human bodies are commodities, so why not at least let people get a little money for it?
    Quite the opposite, actually. If nobody pays for the organs when they're harvested, there's no ground upon which to charge for them when they are implanted, and they will not automatically go to the highest bidder. You also won't get old people getting out their calculators and comparing what's left of their retirement fund to kidney futures.

    I don't support mandatory organ donation. I merely pointed it out as a better alternative than legalized organlegging.

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