Organ transplant operations are increasing all the time, as medical science and techniques continually improve.
If organ donation increased to make supplies too plentiful for our own use, I feel that the next level would be the Sale
of excess organs to the highest bidders, possibly other countries, in another attempt to raise funds towards the ever increasing costs of our health service. Could this back fire, as we could no doubt end up back where we started, because, as a nation we seem to provide for all others without counting the cost? Then we would have to import organs. Could this ultimately become big business?
Quote from debate in America during 2001:
'The black market trade in human organs is already thriving. Entrepreneurs offer the opportunity for British patients to receive privately financed transplant operations in India and Malaysia. An American citizen was recently arrested in Rome for offering human hearts and pancreas glands for Sale
to Italian doctors. In February, two Chinese government officials were charged with the Sale
of the organs of executed prisoners. In February, two Chinese government officials were charged with the Sale
of the organs of executed prisoners. In 1983, Dr. Barry Jacobs requested that the U.S. government create a fund to compensate the families who donate the organs of deceased relatives, or ‘cadaveric donors’. Dr. Jacobs also proposed to set up a business that would buy kidneys from living donors for transplantation in American patients. The proposal raised popular opposition. The National Organ Transplantation Act in 1984 still prohibits the Sale
of human organs from either dead or living donors.'
Do you think it is better to donate rather than face the possibility of our organs being taken without consent?
Do you think that organ donation should be compulsory or should we be given the choice of either an ‘opt-in’ or ‘an op-out’ scheme?
Do you find this to be an ethically, acceptable proposition or not?