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ETHICS OF THE SALE OF BODY PARTS Student’s Name: Class: Professor: Date of Submission: Legal status of the sale of body parts in the United States The sale of the human body parts is prohibited within the United States legislation. The U.S. legal stand on body parts trade is clearly outlined in at least three documents of its legislation namely: the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of 1968, the revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of 1987, and The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (Browning, 2001).


The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 outlaws remittances and compensations to individuals who provide body parts for transplantation. This legislation was prompted by the need to curb the sale of body parts from living individuals, as well as by the need to prevent the likelihood of people selling rights for the removal of their body parts upon death. Even though remittances to donors are prohibited, organ procurement agencies are however allowed by the act to receive payment for the removal and shipping of organs. The revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of 1987, is however categorical that the sale of human organs is illegal within the United States. In section 10, the revised version states that, individuals should not intentionally for valuable reasons, sell or purchase human organs for therapy or transplantation, if the removal of such organ is meant to be carried out after the demise of the decedent. But valuable reasons in this case do not include realistic payment for disposal, removal, preservation, storage, quality control, shipping and implantation of an organ. ...
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