Some bioethicists have proposed a legalized market in human organs as a solution to transplant waiting lists and global poverty. Solutions to organ procurement problems that are solely market-based would unfairly shift the burdens of medical procedures onto developing nations. Market advocates base their claims on the understanding of organs as property, a position that should be problematized. Instrumentalizing people in this way is made part of the broader commodification of animals and the environment. Combating the market mentality requires a return to the holistic view of bioethics that led to the founding of the field.
Postprint version. Published in Society and Animals, Volume 20, Issue 2, 2012, pages 138-153.
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Dillard-Wright, D. B. (2012). Life, transferable: Questioning the commodity-based approach to transplantation ethics. Society & Animals, 20(2), 138-153.