Friday, April 9, 2010

Organ Trafficking Will Increase, Trust Me

Well, yes, organ trafficking is to be expected because demand far outstrips supply. Here’s the kicker, though: There’s a lot of chatter in bioethics circles tut-tutting the shortage of organs for transplantation and what to do about it. There are some who are advocating that the definition of death be changed in order to make more organs available, and, among some of the more deranged are suggesting that organ harvesting be allowed for people who are in persistent non-responsive states and even those with dementia. This call will increase, trust me.
Police smash Israeli organ ring
A retired army brigadier general is among six suspects arrested by Israeli police investigating an organ-trafficking ring, police say.
The organisation offered as much as $100,000 (£65,600) for kidneys, which were transplanted by doctors in poor countries, a sting operation uncovered.
Police said they had been "shocked" by the extent of the smuggling ring.
Retired Gen Meir Zamir, arrested in connection with the trafficking, won a medal of valour in the Yom Kippur War. more

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