organ selling

What We’re Reading

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Here’s a sampling of news and opinion items the CBC staff has been reading recently. ABC Australia, “Breaking the Code: Donor-Conceived Children Search for Identity of Fathers and their Biological Heritage” When you go to see your doctor, you assume that he or she will keep an accurate record of that consultation. But that is […]

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Iran’s Out of Control Kidney Bazaar

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Iran is the only country in the world that legally permits the purchase of human organs. (Yes, I know it happens elsewhere.) I don’t see Iran as a country to emulate, but some have argued that it is leading the way toward a compassionate change in policy, which I opined about here. Now, unsurprisingly, news […]

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Biological Colonialism Kills

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC In the wake of the Indian surrogate mother “gestational carrier’s” death and all the organ buying, and conducting unethical medical experiments on the world’s destitute, I took to the pages of the NRO to warn that “Biological Colonialism Kills:” From my conclusion: Some might respond […]

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Organ Mobsters Now in the West

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The European financial crisis has opened up a new black market opportunity — in human organs and body parts. From the New York Times story: With Europe roiled by financial upheaval, experts say that the black market for human organs — traditionally based in China, […]

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The Attack of the Kidney Harvesters

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The perceived entitlement of the West sickens. We now believe our lives are so important that with biological colonialism, some of us are willing to work with criminal gangs to grab the kidneys of the vulnerable destitute. There is a shameful report out of the […]

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Rewarding Biological Colonialism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We shouldn’t always get what we want — particularly when it comes at the cost of exploiting the world’s destitute or taking advantage of despotic circumstances to benefit personally. But we do. Westerners increasingly go to poor countries and use the living bodies of people […]

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Deadly Potential of Live Organ Donation Should Preclude Market Approach

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Some people believe that all of us have an obligation to participate in live organ donation, that is, giving one of our two kidneys or a lobe of liver. While I certainly admire those who risk their lives and health to help others, I don’t […]

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Prisoners Should Not be Sources of Organs

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Art Caplan has a good article in the current American Journal of Bioethics about using prisoners as sources of organs. He discusses both whether organ donation and execution should be joined, and whether prisoners should be offered early release in return for a kidney. He […]

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Biological Colonialism: Organ Trafficking Trial Shows Need to Outlaw Organ Buying

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Seven Kosovars are being tried for the odious crime of organ trafficking. The allegations vividly depict how the destitute are exploited at all levels of this odious form of oppression. From the New York Times story: The suspects are accused of luring victims from Turkey […]

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Biological Colonialism: Bioethicists Urge Science Boycott of China Over Organ Killings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Penn bioethicist Art Caplan and I have had some vocal disagreements over the years, but we tend to think very similarly about organ transplant issues. Now Art and four other bioethicists have an opinion column in The Lancet calling for a boycott of Chinese scientists […]

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Biological Colonialism: Time to Get Judgmental About Organ Buyers

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When will enough, finally, be enough. Not only are organs now being sold by desperate people in destitute countries — to the point that some governments have been forced to ban organ transplant surgeries for non citizens or receiving organs from non relatives — but […]

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Biological Colonialism: Kidney Traffickers Busted

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Awful. Awful. Awful. Bangladesh has busted a kidney trafficking gang. From the Herald Sun story: Three people were arrested on Sunday in the remote Kalai area, 300 kilometres northwest of Dhaka, after reports surfaced that villagers were having their organs removed illegally. “We have found […]

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Sell Your Kidney to Pay for School

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This makes Shylock’s pound of flesh seem like a bargain. A Scot professor (of course!) has urged that university students burdened by tuition debt be allowed to sell one of their kidneys to pay the bills. From the story: STUDENTS should be able to sell […]

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Worst of East Meets West: Teenager Sells Kidney for I-Pad

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC People sell organs in China. In the West, people occasionally die if they get between crazed store customers and an electronics sale. These two darknesses have conjoined in an awful report out of China. From the Daily Tech story: A Chinese teen has made headlines […]

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Biological Colonialism: Organ Tourism Must Be Outlawed Internationally

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The living human bodies of the poor are increasingly looked upon by the rich and powerful as resources ripe for the mining. As regular readers know: Ounce for ounce, human eggs have become the world’s most valuable commodity with eugenically correct young women able to […]

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Murder for Organs Broker China Considers Financial Incentives for Donation

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Are you kidding me? China murders its condemned and religious prisoners — as in Falun Gong — for their organs, which are then sold for tens of thousands of dollars to rich line jumpers from the West. You can get a liver in a month […]

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Biological Colonialism: Philippines New Health Secretary Won’t Loosen Organ Sales Protections

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Biological colonialism — the named I coined for rich (usually) Westerners traveling to destitute countries to buy kidneys, rent uteri from “gestational carriers,” conduct unethical medical experimentation, etc. — has led some nations to outlaw non nationals from obtaining organ transplants and from organ selling. […]

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Biological Colonialism: South African Hospital Guilty in Kidney Trafficking Case

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Biological colonialism is a growing problem — the rich exploiting the poor for natural resources that are pieces of human flesh. In S. Africa, a hospital was fined way too little for taking the organs from people, including minors, who were paid to be maimed. […]

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