It is estimated by the World Health Organization that one in every ten kidney transplants in the world is done illegally—meaning that the donated kidney came from the black market. A UN & Joint Council of Europe report that comes out tomorrow is seeking to establish international guidelines for organ transplantation that authorities hope will squash the illegal trafficking of organs. One recommendation is to prohibit any for-profit model in organ donations, something that some doctors and economists have encouraged. Is selling an organ for transplant an unethical thing to do?
Art Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics; professor of medical ethics at Penn
Dr. Sally Satel, practicing psychiatrist & lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine; resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute