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We Should Legalize the Market for Human Organs

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Though organ transplantation has become a life-saving marvel of modern medicine, the donor waitlist is substantially longer than the supply, and many patients die before they can be treated. Thus, proponents claim, creating an economic incentive for organ donation will save lives. Others, however, argue that allowing the sale of harvested organs would decrease equity of access between the rich and poor and foster an illicit organ trade in developing nations.  Should we legalize the market for human organs? 

  • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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    • Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Author of My Year Inside Radical Islam
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    • Senior Fellow in the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute from Freedom House
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  • Asra Q. Nomani

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    • Author, Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
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    • Internationally Acclaimed Writer and Scholar of Religions
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    • Professor of History at Columbia University who specializes in the history of Islamic society and institutions and the history of technology
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