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This House supports the right to sell one’s organs

  • Aug 20, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Commonwealth Club - Boardroom

The number of Americans waiting for a transplant outnumbers the amount of donors by about four to one. Every day, about 18 people die because they are waiting for an organ.

Those in favor of legalizing the sale of organs argue it would save millions of lives.  A regulated organ market would prevent desperate patients from being cheated or from paying thousands of dollars more than they might have to when purchasing from the black market.  If legalized, a market would allow licensed professionals to evaluate donor-patient compatibility.

Others argue that selling human organs should remain illegal. According to many doctors and surgeons, it would be impossible to regulate an organ market. Selling body parts could be very demeaning and cause some people to think of their body as a means to make a profit. Having an organ or part of an organ removed in a surgical procedure carries risks that should not be encouraged by the prospect of financial gain.

So, what do you think? Join us at the next SFDebate to explore and debate this Motion. Note that there is a $5 fee charged by the Commonwealth club for non-members to the club.

If you are interested in being a moderator or speaker for or against this Motion, just email event organizer -Patricia – and let her know.

Read more:

http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v1n2/kidneys.html>http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v1n2/kidneys.html

http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/phil/blphil_ethbio_organsale.htm

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/465200_2



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  • Jeff G

    My Mom had a good argument 'For': anyone who would stoop to charging for their organ is not as deserving of their kidney as the recipient. :-). A completely new interpretation of 'moral hazard', is it not?

    August 21, 2013

  • Gary E. M.

    This was one of the best debates I have had the good fortune and opportunity to participate in. Best to all.

    August 21, 2013

  • Jeff G

    Our first-ever (I think) unanimous decision, unexpected hilarity, and balanced presentations and responses made for a fun and worthwhile evening.

    August 21, 2013

  • patricia u.

    Good to see everyone!

    August 20, 2013

  • Bruce G.

    Arguing "for"

    August 19, 2013

  • patricia u.

    Roy will be our moderater for the evening; thanks, Roy!

    August 14, 2013

  • patricia u.

    Hello! I will be taking the position in favor of the motion and have tentative against . Any one want to volunteer to moderate? Looking forward to a lively discussion.

    August 14, 2013

    • Roy F.

      Hi Patricia,

      August 14, 2013

    • Roy F.

      I can be the moderator. An interesting topic

      August 14, 2013

  • Gary E. M.

    At what age are you safe from being hijacked and parceled out?

    August 13, 2013

  • Nelly P.

    Picture: An alcoholic, drug addict, heavy smoker guy is low in cash, so he decides to stop at the next Pawn Shop/Clinic for some cash after the clinic extracts his Kidney, or
    Picture this, A person not so fluent on the language is convinced this a good thing, that this is piece of cake, No Worries, nothing to loose, you will getting paid remember, paid! In many other languages.
    Also Picture this, young people who do not have close relatives, and no parent to watch for them are easily convinced just because an adult said so.
    Picture this, Someone hard of hearing misunderstood "We'll take, care of your kidney" for "We'll take your kidney."
    Once the extraction is done, then OMG! what happened here, I did not agree to this, I want my Lawyer, Where is my Lawyer, Lawyer Now! Please!

    August 13, 2013

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