If your child needed a kidney.

United States
January 19, 2007 7:46am CST
I was watching one my shows last night and it was about body parts and organs being sold on the black market. It got me thinking last night about what I would do if it were my child or loved one needed a transplant. The waiting list is so long and they wait until you are close to dieing before they move you up the list. There are people out there that are willing to sell their perfectly healthy organs to save lives. Yet if an organ is bought instead of donated it is illegal to use. So there is a black market of doctors and donors who buy and use kidneys and give them to people who would die without them. Even though this is illegal would you do it if it would save your childs life or your mother or father? Do you have strong opinions one way or the other? I cant really say what I would do in that situation. On the show last night the cops where all in confused states of mind. Even though they understand why the people were doing it they still had to arrest them because they were breaking the law. How do you feel? If certain laws would change there would be alot more lives saved and a shorter waiting list. Do you think the laws against buying organs should be changed?
10 responses
• United States
20 Jan 07
The conservative economist Walter E. Williams Phd. is an advocate of a solution to the organ shortage problem. He maintains, and he is absolutely correct, that there is no need whatsoever for there to be a shortage of organs. That there is a shortage is completely due to well intentioned government meddling. Let me explain. Here's how to end the organ donor shortage. Just pass a law, or even a contitutional admendment, that your own body belongs to you! That's right, just as a woman's body is her own to decide what to do with, everyone's body should be theirs do decide what to with. How does this solve the organ shortage? If my body belongs to me, I can leave it as a part of my estate when I die. If it is a part of my estate, after I die, my heirs can sell the parts to the highest bidder. Do you think there would ever again be buried healthy organs when the heirs could have turned them into money? Suddenly, there is no shortage of organs. The complaint I usually hear about this idea is that it would not be fair because rich people could bid more and that poor people would die. This is economic ignorance. There on over 40,000 automobile accident deaths alone in the USA per year. Most of these organs go to waste. If they did not, there would be plenty of organs for all except those with very rare body typing factors. Hence, since the supply would be large, the price would go down. Remember the law of supply and demand? Want to end the shortage of transplantable organs? Get the government out of controlling it.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Your welcome. Walter E. Williams Phd. deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to advance this idea. It is a simple ignored truth. Even still he catches a lot of flak for his position
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think he deserves credit as well. I had always thought the same way since I was young because I lost a sister because of a transplant she never got. I did not know that some one had publically stood up and said it. Thank you again.
@ionejean (19)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
if any of my family members needed a kidney transplant i would never stand back...but i would defenately fight back if someone tries to sell organs only for money....
• India
20 Jan 07
I really appreciate your true words ionejean...
• United States
20 Jan 07
I think the controversy over this is the fact that if people sold their kidneys for money than the poor people would never get one. Then no one would donate their organs for free when they die
@ThulsZ (784)
• India
20 Jan 07
yeah what you think is wright only.but,it is not always possible for every circumstances
• United States
20 Jan 07
thank you
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
20 Jan 07
If one of my family members was in need of an organ you better believe I would get it from the black market.And pay the consiquences later.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you for your response
@muthus (62)
• India
20 Jan 07
First I am sorry for this, see donating organs is not a wrong but we must see the reach of it..
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you for your response.
• United Arab Emirates
20 Jan 07
Yes they should change it or just redo it becoz at times people in black market take it as a business which is BAD, i will always be ready to donate any of my body part to MY LOVED ONES ONLY( dat includes my family and sum of my closest friends)...anything anytime for them, if it can save their life, i wouldnt really care about the law then!
• United States
20 Jan 07
I feel the same way. Thank you for your response
@camille101 (1027)
• United Arab Emirates
20 Jan 07
Yes, I think so. In my belief a person has his own will to do what he wants to do. If he prefers to sell his body organs, then that's fine, in the end he could help and affect a life enormously and that's what matters, to save an endangered life. And truthfully, one way or another we need each other's help. There's lot of those who wants to sell their organs who are really in dire need of financial help, why not make give them a credit by paying them. But of course, the seller should be fully willing and mentally capacitated to realize what his doing.
• United States
20 Jan 07
I too think it should be up to each individual
@alokji (139)
20 Jan 07
if my child need a kedney then if i have both kidney good then i will transparen it. becuz i love more to my son . and i think this is my work to do a kideny to my son.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you for your response
@rahulmig (1032)
• India
20 Jan 07
i will donate it..!!
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you for your response
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
Yes, I think laws regarding organ buying should be changed. The laws were implemented to try to protect the kidney donors; however, if buying organs remains rampant, then these laws are actually putting these donors, and also the recipients, at risk for serious medical complications. I think the laws should protect the donors by ensuring that their organs undergo proper harvesting methods and that the donors have regular follow-ups after donation. The law should also protect the recipients, by ensuring the adequate screening of organ donors prior to donation. I think these basic principles should be implemented regardless of whether an organ was willfully donated or bought.
• United States
20 Jan 07
I think there should be some changes with laws about organ buying and donating