We have mentioned the state of cognitive dissonance a few times. Although so incredibly common as to be called “normal”, we would consider it more correct to be described as a disorder. Not necessarily the condition itself but our response to it. We should treat the cause, not the symptoms of cognitive dissonance. Not doing so is the antithesis of rational thought, critical thinking, honest consideration of a fundamental conflict in our positions.
And yet, people do it all the time. Consider the howling of those who would say or do anything to protect a woman’s right to do what she wants with her own body while clearly not allowing that same choice to the separate human being growing in her womb. The overwhelming legal, if not societal, support for this fact is uncompromising.
And yet, when it comes to actual parts of our own bodies, we lack the legal authority to do as we choose with them. This is the case whether we are talking about engaging in sexual activity as a business or selling a body part. Is it my body or not? If it is, then shouldn’t I have the right to do as I wish with it?
Sell Organs, Change Lives, Save Money
In this country, we have invested a tremendous amount of time, effort, thought and money into defining and protecting property rights. A litany of laws and regulations cover real property, personal property, intellectual property and more. How much more “personal” could property be than our own bodies?
We have written before about the scenario where one may wish to sell a kidney. In the United States, that is illegal. Period. Says the government. About your body. And yet, that doesn’t mean kidneys can’t be freely taken from a body and transplanted into another. And, it would seem everyone can earn a good living being involved in this process, from those facilitating and transporting to doctors, nurses and hospital staff. Everyone can profit, that is, except the original organ owner.And yet, when it comes to actual parts of our own bodies, we lack the legal authority to do as we choose with them. This is the case whether we are talking about engaging in sexual activity as a business or selling a body part. Click To Tweet
One estimate is that 30,000 Americans die every year due to laws banning organ sales.
“Berger predicted that allowing kidney donors to be compensated would save countless lives by giving people an incentive to donate their kidneys, resulting in a vast increase in kidney donations.
Right now, people have to be unusually altruistic to donate a kidney, since you have to spend several days in the hospital to donate one, take off a lot of time from work, and run a tiny risk of death. Few people are that selfless.”
Save Taxpayer Money
“If kidney sales were legal, the taxpayers would save money, too. The government would be able to simply pay for kidney transplants for poor and elderly people who need them (including the cost of buying the kidney needed for the transplant), rather than paying for years and years of costly dialysis treatment through Medicare and Medicaid. The purchase price of a kidney would be much less than the ongoing cost of dialysis.”
Hurts Low-Income People Most
“‘The victims of the current ban are disproportionately African-American and poor. When wealthy white people find their way onto the kidney waiting list, they are much more likely to get off it early by finding a donor among their friends and family…Worst of all, the ban encourages an international black market, where desperate people do end up selling their organs, without protection, fair compensation or proper medical care.'”
Body Tissue Should Be Available for Purchase
“Many kinds of body tissue can be purchased, so why not organs like kidneys, livers, and hearts? In 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is legal to compensate bone marrow donors…
“People in need of other organs, like hearts, would also benefit from legalizing organ sales. As Emily Largent observes at the Harvard Law School website, there is also a large ‘unmet need for hearts, lungs, livers, and other vital organs’ that might be filled, if organ donations were compensated.”