Decades of advocacy from libertarian-leaning academics have failed to end the federal ban on kidney sales. Can a personal injury attorney from New York and a service dog trainer from New Jersey get the job done instead?
The lawsuit, by a man seeking to win the right to sell his organs, is unlikely to succeed. But the law he challenges causes thousands of needless deaths every year.
The eventual goal is human organ transplantation.
The initiative could pave the way for other uses of challenge trials in the UK and beyond. It might even stimulate reconsideration of other policies banning payment for voluntary risk-taking that could save many lives.
Georgetown political philosopher Peter Jaworski makes the case for paying blood plasma donors. The same arguments also justify paying organ donors and participants in vaccine "challenge trials."
A recent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation article describes the travails of a man and his family who have waited eight years for a kidney transplant. Such needless pain could be eliminated by legalizing organ markets.
New analysis finds that thousands more die every year because the law forbids purchase of the kidneys they need to survive.
Thousands of patients who might have been helped died while rule was pending.
National Institutes of Health bioethicists agree with me and lift research moratorium
Scientists are trying to achieve just this goal, but some ethicists are opposed to the research
Why should not men be eligible for uterine transplants?
"If scientists can dream of a genetic manipulation, CRISPR can now make it happen"
Recent advances in uterus transplantation will soon make this possible
Just because it's new doesn't mean that it's wrong.
New York boy fights rule that requires potential recipients to be 12 before being put on waiting list
At least it's all voluntary, for the moment
Ohio authorities say he made request too late
Hospital has apparent change of position
Parents think its because of run-ins with police
Eighth-known victim of such an unusual transmission method
Could help work toward doing the same for humans
Had been denied adult lungs under current guidelines because she's too young
Drop the bureaucracy and allow personal negotiations