Human Exceptionalism

Time to Make Organ Buying a Felony

This is biological colonialism turned into biological terrorism. ISIS is apparently financing its vicious atrocity campaign through killing for organs and selling them on the black market. From the Daily Mail story:

Islamic State has turned its hand to human organ trafficking to fund terror across the Middle East, it has been claimed. The jihadist group has until now filled its $2 million-a-year war chest from a variety of shadowy sources including oil production, human trafficking and drug smuggling.

But it was revealed today that it has been recruiting foreign doctors for months to harvest the internal organs not only from the bodies of their own dead fighters but also from living hostages – including children – snatched from minority communities in Iraq and Syria.

Corrupt doctors are part of the criminal trade:

The report went on: ‘Surgeries take place within a hospital and organs are quickly transported through networks specialized in trafficking human organs.

Mosuli said that the organs come from fallen fighters who were quickly transported to the hospital, injured people who were abandoned or individuals who were kidnapped.’

We now live in a world in which there are no seeming limits. China has allowed organ tourism for years. The Philippines had to pass a law forbidding non nationals from receiving organ transplant surgery to protect its destitute from avaricious organ peddlers. Pakistan had to pass a law forbidding live organ donation to non relatives.

The doctors and organ merchants are looked upon–quite properly–as criminals. Sometimes they are caught and punished.

But this market is driven by immoral buyers who think their lives are worth so much they are justified in acting in the most immoral ways.

And now, with organ supplies potentially coming from terrorism–and financing the beheaders of Christians and journalists–it is time for us to make organ buying a crime and punish purchasers who come home with new organs. No one should be allowed to save their own lives at the cost of someone else’s murder.

How would we find out? It wouldn’t be that difficult. Organ recipients need continuing medical care. We could make a non bona fide organ transplant a reportable condition by doctors–just like we do spousal abuse or child sexual exploitation,

I don’t support refusing further treatment because that would be a death penalty. But I do think that reporting the buyer should become an ethical and legal responsibility.

When common decency no longer serves to keep society moral, sometimes the law has to step in.

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