Suggestion: why not have the government traffic organs? After years of fighting black market medicine, researchers propose a new approach
Description: New ethical trends in medicine usually turn up in obscure medical journals first. Witness the academic argument for legalizing trade in human organs in a report in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. This idea was newsworthy: the government should pay living kidney donors – or more accurately, vendors – $10,000 to cut the dialysis cost of those waiting for transplants. The proposal totally contradicts accepted views on the role of government and the ethics of organ donation. Fr. Tad Pacholczyk of the National Catholic Bioethics Center is here to analyze.
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
Director of Education and Ethicist , National Catholic Bioethics Center