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Should we pay organ donors?: Queen's University expert

2012-06-15

Queen’s University medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to comment on a woman challenging the United States bone marrow donation law in an effort to save her daughters’ lives. Her three children will need bone transplants to survive.

She is pushing to make it legal for organ donors to be paid, a change that, if made legal, could change medical history around the world. There is concern if donors are paid, they won’t disclose their medical or behavioural history.

“I think that a market for organs would ultimately translate in more lives preserved,” says Dr. Schuklenk. “The whole spiel against the sale of organs is implausible, what we should be looking at is ensuring that the necessary safeguards are in place to protect impoverished or otherwise vulnerable prospective donors against exploitation.”

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