Organ Selling

Organ Selling is a website dedicated to ending the organ shortage and the attendant needless suffering and death each year of thousands of prospective organ transplant patients simply by allowing monetary compensation for cadaveric organs, which will greatly increase the supply.

House Sponsors
1984 report
Senate Sponsors
Testimony in favor of the ban
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Penna. Reimbursement Plan
Medical Ethics

House Sponsors (of House of Representatives Bill 5580, which merged with Senate Bill 2048 to become Public Law 98-507, i.e., the 98th Congress's 507th law passed)

Sponsor: Al Gore al.gore.gif (8160 bytes) "It is just wrong.  It is against our system of values to buy and sell  parts of human beings.  It is against our system of values to auction off life to the highest bidder."  - said in response to the rhetorical question by Hearing Chairman Henry Waxman, "Why not let someone go into the business of buying and selling organs?" (p.128, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, 98th Congress, 1st session, on H.R. 4080, a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize financial assistance for organ procurement organizations and for other purposes. July 29, October 17 and 31, 1983.  Serial No. 98-70, 1984).  Apparently the notion of allowing a market only in cadaveric organs, not with living donors, never occurred to him.  All his objections were raised against the spectre of poor people risking their health for the sake of money. And, the issue of organ brokers paying for cadaver organs is completely separate from the question of who receives those organs and who pays for those operations. It was pure grandstanding to rail against "auctioning off life to the highest bidder."   Mr. Gore pays lip service to the free market: "...we have all learned that the market system will solve lots of problems if we just stand out of the way and let it work.   It is very true." But, he then adds: "This ought to be an exception."  Ironically, Mr. Gore then likened the freedom to sell one's organs to slavery, not realizing that his prohibition makes us all slaves of his federal government, since his law dictates to us what we may not do with our own bodies: " don't want to invest property rights in human beings.  It is just that we have laws against slavery for reasons that is[sic] not completely dissimilar." Someone should inform Mr. Gore that slavery involved ownership of other human beings, not ownership of oneself.

Co-Sponsors: (too many to list - 85 in all - only some of the more well-known are listed here)

  • Henry A.Waxman waxman1.gif (8582 bytes)
  • John Conyers john.conyers.b.jpg (5768 bytes)
  • Tom Harkin tom.harkin.cropped.jpg (5572 bytes)
  • Barbara Boxer barbara.boxer.b.jpg (5055 bytes)
  • Barney Frank barney.frank.b.gif (8619 bytes)
  • Charles Rangel charles.rangel2.b.gif (10123 bytes)


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