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.

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Pro-freedom links/pages:

  • (begun in mid-January, 2003 -- seeks to allow hopeful organ recipients to enlarge their donor pools by posting their needs and contact information on the internet)
  • LifeSharers (This innovative site seeks to establish a network of people who, when they die, will have their organs given first to others who've also agreed to donate their organs, and by so doing encourage others to sign up, so as to gain access to an (hopefully) increasingly larger share of the donor pool.  It's a clever way of circumventing the U.S. congressional ban on receiving compensation for donating, as it's a payment in kind. Or, one could look at it as an insurance policy that one pays for by signing an organ donor card.)
  • The Kidney Group (based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, this group "provides consulting and international coordination services for kidney transplant operations," and claims to be able to come up with a matched donor kidney in as little as 15 working days)
  • Organ Keeper (Comprehensive, and the closest in thinking to this site.  It suggests people opt out of the donor system by carrying an "organ keeper" card that is the exact opposite of an organ donor card. The idea is to force our lawmakers to do the right thing, and begin allowing compensation for giving the gift of life. The problem is, that'd only hurt innocent people - just as our embargo against Iraq hurts ordinary people, and not Saddam Hussein.)
  • "A Call for Cadaveric Organ Markets", by A. H. Barnett and David L. Kaserman, Auburn Univ. Dept. of Economics (Presents the basic economic argument in favor of market incentives: "This failure to procure more organs is directly attributable to an ill-conceived public policy which was codified in the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act, sponsored by then-Sen. Al Gore. Specifically, that act makes it a felony to buy or sell human organs (even cadaveric organs) for purposes of transplantation. In economic terms, this legislation sets the legal price of organs at zero. And few, if any, products on earth would not exhibit a shortage at a zero price.") Other articles by Dr. Kaserman & colleagues
  • Thomas L. Knapp column, "Let's put organs on the free market" and his response to a letter in reply (originally appeared in the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader, November, 1999); well-written arguments in favor of allowing monetary compensation for organ donors' survivors)
  • Mackinac Center for Public Policy article; "Organ Donation: Saving Lives through Incentives". Drs. Donald Boudreaux and Adam C. Pritchard propose offering a small monetary compensation when people sign up with an organ donor registry
  • Human Offal (sounds awful!): economics dissertation by Vasco Ferreira Almeida, of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  The web site is still under construction, with only the Introduction and portions of Chapter 9 up, but it's still worth a visit.
  • An ABC News article about Dr. Jack Kevorkian's April 2001 American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry article, advocating an on-line organ auction to solve the current organ shortage crisis.

Neutral links:


Traditional links/pages:

  • Transplantation Society  -- click on the "policy and ethics" button to read their pronouncement on the ethics of organ selling (typical of such groups, they say the concern is with exploitation of the poor, but don't distinguish between live and cadaveric donation)
  • article (read about "Organ Watch," a group that tracks the overseas, living-donor organ market, and tries to discourage the practice; also has links to related articles)
  • CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education; an Organ Procurement Organization)
  • UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing; the national organization that determines who gets what when)
  • other orthodox links (from our How to Help page)

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Last updated: April 09, 2005.