Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Adalja on Organ Markets

Dr. Amesh Adalja explains, "To Save Lives, Allow Individuals To Sell Their Organs" (Forbes, 12/12/2012).

He also reminds us that the current ban on organ sales is a bipartisan idea:
In 1984, President Reagan, with the acquiescence of the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled House, signed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), banning the sale of human organs.
Fortunately, some groups like the Institute for Justice have begun to chip away at the ban by helping to win a lawsuit permitting compensation for bone marrow donors.

It's time to build on this success.