Should Selling Your Kidney Be Illegal?

Should Selling Your Kidney Be Illegal?

Marissa Gonalez


A dozen people in the U.S die every day before being able to get a kidney transplant. Currently the only place in the world where it is legal to make a transaction for an organ is in Iran. Everyday hundreds of names are added onto a waitlist for a new kidney. Some find it morally objective, but there are not many good reasons that argue with why it is illegal.

As long as you are 18 in the U.S, you can donate parts of your intestine, plasma, pieces of your lung, and even some of your liver. If someone who was very low on the donor list wanted to pay someone for their kidney so that they would live, they would be incarcerated. Most would agree that this is immoral. Should the government have so much say in what a person does with their body?

The legalization of the organ trade has benefits. More people would have access to organs, a shortage that kills everyday. Organ removal procedures are illegally done everyday. If this was a more common practice because of legalization, it’d be safer. Those who choose to get the procedure now have access to a certified doctor, rather than those who are desperate to save their life and acquire a person from the black market to perform the surgery. The “Black Market” is an underground industry that generates billions, where people can obtain things you couldn’t legally, like a kidney or a gun. I believe that everyone has the right to live and if a safe procedure that is already done frequently is the only thing stopping that, it should be legal.


Knox, Richard. “Should We Legalize the Market for Human Organs?” NPR, NPR, 21 May 2008,