Ethical Ethics Of Organ Transplants

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Organ transplantation has saved countless lives throughout the world. Most donors are victims of terrible accidents who have left directives with their loved ones to harvest their organs if they are mortally injured so that someone else can live. Kidney transplants, however, can take place without the death of the donor. Consequently, an ethical dilemma occurs over the selling of healthy kidneys. Should human, transplantable organs be sold to benefit a patient’s family, or in the case of kidneys, to benefit the person who sells one of his healthy kidneys? This ethical question actually drives many countries; consider Iran: “Iran was the first country with governmental incentive living kidney donation program, legislated in 1997.” (Heidary Rouchi et al., 2009, p.34). The improvement in health technology has actually led to…show more content…
For instance, in some poorly developed countries, like Iran, employees don’t receive an honest pay for the work that they do. As a result, their income isn’t sufficient to take care of their expenses. When given an opportunity to exchange their organs for a fee, they are more likely to agree. This makes them happy since they will earn extra money to help them with financial obligations. The Iranian model of kidney donation is a program that enables people to sell their kidneys to solve their financial problems. To emphasize, In an interview published in a daily national newspaper, the director of the Association for Supporting Kidney Patients, which is a charity foundation, said, “Providing money as a social gift to the individuals who donate their kidney with an altruistic motivation caused a new situation in which individuals also come forward to sell their kidneys to the needy patients.” (Bagheri, 2006, p.276). The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA) in the US prohibits paying donors for their organs (
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