Selling Organs and Souls: Should the State Prohibit 'demeaning' Practices?
Wilkinson, Dominic J.C.
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2004; 1(1): 27-31
It is sometimes argued that practices such as organ-selling should be prohibited because they are demeaning to the individuals involved. In this article the plausibility of such an argument is questioned. I will examine what it means to demean or be demeaned, and suggest that the mere fact that an individual is demeaning themself does not provide sufficient justification for legal prohibition. On the contrary, such laws might be argued to be demeaning.
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Legislation: United Kingdom (Isle of Man). an Act (Chapter No. 3) to Prohibit Commercial Dealings in Human Organs Intended for Transplanting; to Prohibit the Transplanting of Such Organs Between Persons Who Are Not Genetically Related; and For Connected Purposes. Dated 16 March 1993. (The Human Organ Transplants Act 1993) Unknown author (1996)