As a young college student, Jerry has found himself behind on several important bills. Faced with the reality of living without electricity, water and gas, Jerry decided that drastic measures were required to settle debt and establish economic stability until he finishes his college degree. Three months earlier Jerry’s kidneys were tested for donor compatibility to save the life of his ailing father. Unfortunately, neither he nor anyone else on the donor lists matched. One month later, Jerry lost his father and his financial security. With his current financial crises and knowledge of both his blood and tissue type, Jerry decided to sell his kidney through an ad on Craigslist for $25,000. Within hours, his inbox was full of requests from potential buyers who were desperate for a transplant. Unfortunately for Jerry, he was informed that it was illegal for individuals to sell their own organs.
Why do you think such a law was needed? Do you believe people have just as much right to profit from selling personal organs as the medical industry?