Re: organ donation

From: Mike Linksvayer (
Date: Fri Feb 22 2002 - 03:50:36 MST

On Fri, Feb 22, 2002 at 10:37:06PM +1300, Philip Howison wrote:
> Would it not be more extropian to encourage trade in human organs?

Yes. There's a great site on organ selling and its benefits:

Their statement of priciples:

        WHEREAS each individual is the proper owner of himself or
        herself, including all of his or her internal organs,

        WHEREAS the free market is the most moral and practical
        way to provide for human needs,

        WHEREAS the current donor-only system results in the needless
        suffering and death of thousands of people each year as
        they wait for donor organs, not to mention the trauma
        inflicted upon their families and other loved ones,

        AND WHEREAS efforts to increase the rate of donation through
        educational campaigns have failed miserably,

        WE PROPOSE that Congress rescind its 1984 ban on the sale
        or purchase of human organs (National Organ Transplant
        Act), so as to allow monetary compensation for cadaveric

Add your name to those who agree at

Of course there's a black market anyway. CBS did a "48 Hours"
schlockfest (maybe not; I didn't see it, but do they do anything
else?) on the trade a couple weeks ago,1597,328992-412,00.shtml

  Mike Linksvayer

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