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Bryan Hickman

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Should the government allow people to sell their own organs?

Over 110,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant. This number grows by 300 individuals every month, and at the same time, 19 people die each day for lack of a viable organ. Economists have proposed that assiging a price to organs would alleviate, if not completely eliminate, the organ waiting list.

However, some have argued that such a system would have more negatives than benefits. Organ transplants only extend most individuals' lives by less than 10 years, and organ donors show deteriorated health after the procedure. Many worry about the ethical repurcussions of treating one's body as a product to sell, along with the potential exploitation of the poor and a market or organs that can't be regulated.

What do you think? Is it more important to save lives or protect the dignity of the human body? Would the poor be exploited? Would the transplant list become a thing of the past? Would such a system take the altruism out of organ donation? Would the ethical burden of an organ market overshadow its potential benefits?

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