Organ Donation

The ethical questions raised by organ transplantation are multiple and complex. Three main issues related to organ transplantation include the fundamental morality of transplanting body parts, the ethics of organ procurement, and the ethics of allocation. Does organ transplantation involve too much control of nature, and lead to scenarios of “playing God”? The technological and medical advancements associated with organ transplantation have saved the lives of many, but scarce organ resources have contributed to many social issues regarding allocation. There are over 100,000 candidates on the waiting list in the United States, and the organ supply is scarce. Who should get the available organs, and by what criteria should this decision be made?

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