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  •  one last try (0+ / 0-)

    If buying kidneys increases the supply, that's a good thing.  My position is I have no right to have the power to stop someone from selling part of himself if he's not coerced.  I wouldn't do it, but I'm not very poor, nor do I live in a country where children are starving.

    •  That's the heart of the matter (0+ / 0-)

      You put your finger on it directly:

      in a country where children are starving

      Let's go back to the beginning of this discussion - minimum wage. As mentioned, you could hire someone desperate for money for a pittance, in the right circumstances. I'll bet you could get someone to do labor for your for maybe 50 cents an hour, if they were starving.

      So eventually, if we allowed organ sales, the truly desperate would be selling off body parts for pennies. There are many other reasons, but like cannibalism, this seems to be an appropriate taboo.

      I should probably mention that I've had several classes in ethics studies and this exact situation we are discussing is a test case that came up several times. It was in the texts.

      Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

      by The Raven on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 04:25:35 PM PDT

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      •  never agree (0+ / 0-)

        You should never make value judgments on the acts of desperate people---it's that whole walk in their shoes bit.  Put another way--ethics are not universal--nor are they static.  I too took ethics courses--logic gets lost at the extremes.

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