To Sell or Not to Sell

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Based on The Meat Market, by Alex Tabarrok (607), The Case for Mandatory Organ Donation, by Scott Carney (614), Yes, Let’s Pay for Organs, by Charles Krauthammer (620), and The Surgery Was Simple; the Process Is Another Story, by Virginia Postrel (625). Should we pay for organs? We can solve our problems by paying for organs. By paying for organs, donors are saving lives, and reducing the organ shortage.
First, Donating saves those in need. Anyone can donate, dead or alive. Although donating from the dead helps, if living people were to donate the amount of lives saved would increase. “You don’t have to be dead to give someone a kidney, you just have to be healthy and willing” (Postrel 626). Like donating a kidney, other organs can be donated while alive. After being surgically worked on, our organs are able to function normally. While giving a part of us to a patient in need, we help them gain organ functionality and save their lives. Moreover, the idea of donating is more conceivable for all when given a reasonable amount of compensation. Compensation for donation may sway some (such as the poor), but for those who don’t need money, a larger more reasonable sum should do. “[Paying for organs may] address the rich/poor concern: after all, $3,000 is real money, even for bankers and lawyers” (Krauthammer 621). By addressing both the poor and the rich, more lives are be saved as donors come from both parties, and if the rich donate surely the middle class will donate.
Second, by paying for organs, donors reduce the shortage on organs. People would be inclined to donate if they were being paid. Many problems can be solved by money, and according to Tabarrok, so can the organ shortage, “The Iranian system and the black market dem...

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Works Cited

Carney, Scott. “The Case for Mandatory Organ Donation.” 2007. Patterns for College Writing: A
Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 12th ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford, 2012. 614-17. Print.

Krauthammer, Charles. “Yes, Let's Pay for Organs.” Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical
Reader and Guide. 12th ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford, 2012. 620-22. Print.

Postrel, Virginia. “The Surgery Was Simple; the Process Is Another Story.” 2006. Patterns for
College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 12th ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford, 2012. 625-27. Print.

Tabarrok, Alex. “The Meat Market.” 2010. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and
Guide. 12th ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford, 2012. 607-11. Print.

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