A lot of the ethics involved in organ sales is concerned about whether
the poor will be taken advantage of, i.e., if someone is poor and really desperate for money, the worry is that the poor person will sell an organ when this is really not best for their health, and/or they will sell it for a price that is too low (someone very desperate might sell an organ for $500 so their car is not repossessed, even though an organ usually goes for thousands.) Others say that it is insulting to tell the poor what they can and cannot do with their own body.
Imagine that you are a doctor on an ethics board, and it is up to you to either approve or deny a proposed organ sale transaction. Your case is this: a healthy 25 year old wants to sell his kidney to a 55 year old with kidney failure at half the going rate (this is all the 55 year old can afford.) The 25 year old says he wants the money to pay for a honeymoon for himself and his finance. Without this money they cannot afford a honeymoon. Other details: most donors that are young and healthy survive in good condition. The main risk is that if for whatever reason the 25 year old were to ever encounter problems with his remaining kidney (suppose this is a relatively low risk), he could be in a life and death situation because he lacks the back-up kidney. Would you approve this sale? Why or why not?
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