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.