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I read a very interesting book in college 30+ years ago called "The Gift Relationship." (Sorry, don't remember the author.) It was about the purchasing of blood by blood banks, which was a common practice back then. Predictably, most of the sellers were poor people, often hardcore alcoholics looking for quick money for a bottle. The book was an eloquent argument against the practice, which was curtailed, thankfully before the AIDS epidemic (easy to imagine the havoc that could have happened there). I think the same arguments apply even more strongly to selling organs.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2009 on Why Kidney Selling Bothers Me at Obsidian Wings
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