Markets in Kidneys: A Moral Case

Prof. James Stacey Taylor argues that willing rational adults should be allowed to buy and sell kidneys. Instead of providing complex theoretical arguments, one can look at the human stories to see why markets in kidneys should be allowed. Peter Randall, for instance, became famous in 2003 for offering his kidney for sale on eBay. He was offering his kidney for sale to raise money for therapy for his six-year-old daughter, Alice, who was suffering from cerebral palsy.

A market for kidneys would allow people like Peter to sell his kidney legally and safely. Additionally, a market in kidneys enables individuals to purchase a kidney in order to alleviate the suffering caused by dialysis.

Some may accept the arguments above, but feel that the gift of life is too priceless to place a price tag on. However, when the sale of kidneys is illegal, as it is now in the United States, everyone in a transplant operation is paid except for the kidney donor. According to Prof. Taylor, this seems wrong. The sale of kidneys should be allowed just like the sale of all other medical products and services. Banning kidney sales means that people like Alice will not receive the therapy they need and also ensure that thousands of people will suffer through crippling dialysis.


  1. Greg Gauthier

    The real question here, is not "should people be ‘allowed’ to buy and sell kidneys", but rather: Is it morally good to threaten someone with theft, assault, kidnapping, or murder, if they attempt to sell or to buy a kidney?

  2. Anonymous

    Do you want to buy a Kidney or you want to sell your kidney? Are you seeking for an opportunity to sell your kidney for money due to financial break down and you don’t know what to do, then contact us today and we shall offer you good amount of money for your Kidney. My name is Doctor francis, am a Nephrologist in FGH clinic hospital. Our clinic is specialized in Kidney Surgery and we also deal with buying and transplantation of kidneys with a living an corresponding donor. We are located in Indian, Turkey, Nigeria, USA, Malaysia. If you are interested in selling or buying kidney’s please don’t hesitate to contact us via email. Email: [email protected] Best Regards Dr francis.

  3. doudoune moncler solde

    doudoune moncler montgenevre noir doudoune moncler femme lucie pop star salon doudoune moncler rouge femme pas cher homme boutique moncler milano moncler moins cher yvelines magasins moncler bruxelles moncler collection 2013 winter doudoune moncler rodin jacket doudoune moncler grenoble magasin d’usine moncler grenoble moncler 6 ans doudoune moncler fedor orange site doudoune moncler france echarpe moncler pas cher moncler color 925 moncler gamme rouge fall 2011 manteau moncler femme prix goncourt magasin moncler new york octobre moncler 90 prince street 720p moncler pas cher suisse france moncler boutique paris horaires moncler celsie parka coats manteau moncler site officiel doudoune moncler femme 2011 zrr moncler 60th parka cerisier moncler moncler femme collection 2013 4a doudoune sans manche moncler femme boutique moncler paris prix billets doudoune moncler montgenevre noir magasin moncler nancy usine moncler livigno doudoune moncler garcon 12 ans jolie manteau homme moncler pas cher doudoune moncler femme en suisse 2014 blouson ski moncler doudoune moncler galerie lafayette doudoune moncler collection 2012 doudoune moncler femme 2014 soldes moncler 2013 donna
    doudoune moncler solde

Leave a Reply