Andrew Flescher: Would Offering a Price Tag on Bodily Organs Help to Alleviate the Organ Shortage Crisis? - 1/20/19

Saturday January 20, 2018
Andrew Fleischer

In the United States, there are 100,000 individuals needing a healthy kidney. The shortage is especially disconcerting given that since organ transplantation became sound medical treatment, we have never had better technology—while so little occasion—to avail ourselves of it. In response to the crisis it has become increasingly popular to furnish compelling arguments for legalizing the sale of kidneys. This response, seemingly appealing from the perspective of utility, not only invites ethical concerns about safety, commodification, and social justice; at this week's Sunday Platform, Andrew M. Flescher also argues it fails to increase the number of informed, willing donors.