The Truth Behind Purchasing Illegal Organs For Transplant Essay

1744 Words Feb 7th, 2016 7 Pages
The Truth Behind Purchasing Illegal Organs for Transplant The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that an average of 22 people die every day waiting for a donated organ (HRSA). As a result, desperate and wealthy people are willing to pay thousands for black market organs. An illegally purchased kidney alone sells for between 30,000 and 100,000 in America (Interlandi, 2009). However, the donor is likely given less than a tenth of that money. The story of Nawaraj Pariyar illustrates the harm associated with the purchase of illegal organs. He is a poor villager living in Kavre, Nepal who fell victim to the organ trafficking market. He is not the only one in his village either, many other poor men and women’s lives are affected by the organ market as well. Most of America, as well as the rest of the world, is uneducated about the organ trafficking that takes place. They are not aware of the circumstances behind how those organs are harvested, and the harm associated with it. Therefore, if more people were aware of what goes on in the illegal organ market it would be easier to put it to a stop. Morality is defined as: “normatively to refer to a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons” (Stanford Encyclopedia, para 1). People should know that the purchase of illegal organs is immoral; because it promotes the exploitation of the poor and uneducated, profit from the harm of others, and unlawful stealing of organs.…

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