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The selling of human organs should be legalized There are many benefits that would arise if a change in law is made to legalize organ sales Approximately 90000 individuals are currently on the national waiting list for organs Of those 90000 people 80000 are waiting for kidneys or livers An estimate of 6000 people will die in the next year waiting for an organ The Los Angeles Times states more than 30 people died awaiting liver transplants as the hospital turned down scores of organs that might have saved them Those waiting for an organ are faced with a terrible situation With these numbers it is obvious that legalizing the selling of organs is one way to save many lives Holcberg If donors of blood semen eggs and volunteers of medical trials are often compensated these principles should be applied to organs If the law recognizes our right to donate an organ it should also recognize our right to sell an organ Approximately 20000 kidneys are donated each year with 80000 patients on the waiting list Gregory With the legalization of organ sales more people would be tempted to donate an organ knowing they could be compensated for it In the United States the 1984 National Organ Transplantation Act prohibits compensation for organ donating In 2011 Levy Izhak Rosenbaum pled guilty in federal court to the crime of facilitating illegal kidney transplants This was the first proven case of black market organ trafficking in the United States However in Iran the selling of kidneys is legal Iran was faced with an extreme kidney shortage With the legalization of selling organs they have solved the kidney shortage Also in Japan an individual can buy livers and kidneys harvested from executed Chinese prisoners George Mason University professor and Independent Institute research director Alexander Tabarrok states Millions of people suffer from kidney disease but in 2007 there were just 64606 kidney transplant operations in the entire world There
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