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Organs for sale

Janet Radcliffe Richards


When evidence of trade in organs for transplantation from live vendors reached attention in the West, widely different groups indignantly denounced it. Restricting my remarks to kidneys, I suggest that this indignation is misplaced. Those criticising the rich for greed appear to lose sight of the fact that those seeking kidneys are dying individuals trying to save their lives. Each of us will do everything we can to save our lives. If anything, spending money to save one’s life involves less greed than does spending money on luxuries.

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