IRAN AS THE WORLD’S ROLE MODEL?

According to certain highly educated and qualified people, Iran could be a surprising model for the rest of the world. No, not just in creating nuclear plants and forcing the West to blink, but in their system of allowing organ trade.
An article in Nature India underpins this point along with some interesting ethics issues. If you do not have access to Nature, you could get the same article here. The author of this piece is a familiar name to some of the readers of this blog, as we have discussed some of his earlier publications.
What is the beef of the article?

In India, a huge demand exists for about 200,000 kidneys, with an estimated annual sale of 2000 kidneys. By making organ sale illegal, this market is pushed underground, and organized rackets thrive by working outside the society’s laws and regulations. One of the spin-offs is the phenomenon of organ theft. Such an organ harvest is obviously illegal. Organ theft and organ sale, however, are not the same thing. Every sane person will surely condemn the stealing of a poor man’s kidney, but if such a person volunteers to sell it for money, would it be all bad?

3 responses to “IRAN AS THE WORLD’S ROLE MODEL?

  1. I wonder when you say that “According to certain highly educated and qualified people…” you mean yourself? 🙂
    This subject is a tricky one and whatever I say can be cleverly counter argued so I have decided to be a coward and not say anything much! 🙂

  2. //if such a person volunteers to sell it for money, would it be all bad// I think it is a better option than committing suicide by farmers in Vidharbha . Instead of life sentence a killer or rapist should be given an option of trading his kidney. India could be a role model for the world.

  3. Nita:
    “I wonder when you say that “According to certain highly educated and qualified people…” you mean yourself? ”
    Who else??
    Prerna:
    That is a very interesting suggestion, though the prison environment is such that abuse is likely. The Chinese record on organ harvests of prisoners speaks for itself.

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