THBT Markets for Human Organs Should be Illegal Worldwide
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People should not be able to sell their organs in any country through a legally sanctioned market, even as a personal decision.
This does not include a potential situation with agreeing to sell off your organs when you die.
Burden of proof is shared, no new arguments in the last round.
Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special functions. Examples of organs include the eyes, ears, heart, lungs, and liver. (https://www.medicinenet.com/organ/definition.htm)
Secondly, con opens up with a well-intentioned grounding that has a good basis on freedom but had a bad comparison. I will not go deep into pornography but it is commonly said that pornography is addicting and destructive in relationships. The portrayal of women as objects is simply insulting, and the only reason why it is kept is that the implementation of a ban is extraordinarily difficult, not to mention pornography is only bad in overwhelming amounts. On the other hand, banning the organ market is very easy -- every country is already doing it, except Iran. Organ donation is bad no matter how much you donate. For example, even a singular kidney -- perhaps the most expendable organ of the body -- shown in Round 1 was shown to have negative health effects on users. While most porn users would recommend others to at least try to dabble before making a decision, my research shows 80% of people recommend you do not sell your organ off for money. Clearly, this comparison is flawed and falls apart. Extend the fact that the rich will always abuse the poor, and hence this exchange of income is unacceptable.
Con attempts to reduce my power by saying that the demand will drive up the prices but fails to show the impact. Even looking at Iran's increased prices at $5,000 extra dollars per month, the sacrifice of health risks the users going to the hospital and having worsened health. While it is enough to live, it is not enough to break out of poverty, which is what the sellers desired. There is simply not enough benefit to encourage the poor to live in even worse health than they already are living in.
Finally, Con tries to refute the fact that humans' lives are invaluable but he makes an argument about disability. How can we judge someone merely based on their physical attributes? Steven Hawking was paralyzed, but he was one of humanity's greatest minds. Even with physical disabilities, one can make great contributions to society. In addition, his argument refutes itself, because, by his logic, the person with only one kidney would be worth less than the man with two kidneys. So we would end up not participating in the organ market anyway. When we donate our organs, we accept that someone's life can be equally valuable as our own. Our kindness and altruism is the only thing that can match the others' health. It is only when we put a price on it, that sends the erroneous message that our lives can be equal to a certain amount of money. Con tries to equate selling organs to selling hair or donating blood, but neither are incredibly detrimental to health and so the comparison still falls apart.
- Poor people being taken advantage of
- Not enough money to truly help
- Weakened bodies from donating organs
- No difference from the opt-out system
- Devalues the human life and body