Running Head: ASSIGNMENT 1: COMMERCIALIZATION OF ORGAN TRANSPLANTS
Assignment 1: Commercialization of Organ Transplants
Professor Dorothy A. Sliben
Bus 309- Business Ethics
April 27, 2014
Commercialization of Organ Transplants
In this essay I am to act as a member of an ethics committee who listens to arguments for and against altering the way in which human organs are obtained for patients in need of transplants. In this case a new policy has been made to allow the sale of organs by consenting individuals to patients in need and to medical institutions has been proposed. Critics argue that permitting organs to be bought and sold is unethical. I am being asked to review the arguments for and against the commercialization of organ transplants, once I hear both sides I will suggest which position I take if it is in fact ethical or unethical. Arguments for and against the commercialization of transplants
The article retrieved from the student data base was titled “Morality and Marketing Human Organ”. The article discusses a recent break-through in medication called Cyclosporin made to preserve human organs, with this medication it will expand the time frame in which a living organ can survive. The article also goes on to discuss how there is a shortage in human organs to transplant, so they are suggesting to financially compensate living human beings to donate their organs to make up the shortage. One of the examples that is argued is using Kantianism, Kant's categorical imperative "I ought never to act except in such a way that I can also will that my maxim should become a universal law," (Kant, 1964) with this being said it is not immoral to commercialize a donor who is declared brain dead, however a live human being who is personally selling his or her organs is unethical and morally wrong. They argued that people may just be selling organs to satisfy drug habits or alcohol addictions and personal self...
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