Monday, November 2, 2009

Challenging the Ban on Compensating Bone Marrow Donors

The Institute of Justice has posted a video, "Challenging the Ban on Compensating Bone Marrow Donors".

As they note:
Every year, 1,000 Americans die because they cannot find a matching bone marrow donor. Minorities are hit especially hard. Common sense suggests that offering modest incentives to attract more bone marrow donors would be worth pursuing, but federal law makes that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
(More info here.)

Individuals should be able to engage in voluntary transactions that benefit both sides. Repealing the current ban will respect this right and will save many lives.

As a physician, I'm glad that IJ is taking on this issue!