Idle Talk 17 02 13 “Organ donation”

On this week’s show our topic is the practical ethics of organ donation. We start by asking “should you be made to sign the organ donor register?” We then discuss the ethical and practical implications for allowing people to sell their organs in a free market in order to solve the shortage of organs for transplant. We discuss the ideas of Erin, Harris and Savulescu who propose a practical and safe system which would allow a free-market for organs. We also examine the possible reasons why the majority of people don’t bother to become organ donors.