Prostitutes, Workers and Kidneys: Brecher on the Kidney Trade
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1991 Jun; 17(2): 97-98.
Brecher argues that the practices of selling blood and kidneys are akin to the practices of prostitution and wage-labour since they all involve commodification and, by implication, should be subject to legal prohibition. I suggest that these practices need not involve commodification and that they should only be condemned if people are forced into them because of their lack of power. Rather than these practices being prohibited, I suggest that it would be preferable if they were subject to state regulation in order to protect the weak from exploitation.
Autonomy; Blood; Blood Donation; Commodification; Dehumanization; Donors; Employment; Freedom; Government; Government Regulation; Industry; Kidneys; Moral Policy; Motivation; Organ Donors; Organ Transplantation; Public Policy; Power; Regulation; Remuneration; Social Dominance; Socioeconomic Factors; Tissue Donation; Transplant Recipients; Transplantation;
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