Thinking carefully about organ donation: Janet Radcliffe-Richards’s The Ethics of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives

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Abstract

The most important question raised by organ transplantation has always been how to increase the number of transplantable organs. Numerous solutions have been proposed over the years, such as deemed consent systems and institutional changes like routine referrals. Yet, due to its controversial nature, one possible option remains untested and that is paying the living donor. As a leading scholar in transplantation ethics, Janet Radcliffe-Richards has dedicated over 30 years of her career to exploring why we feel uncomfortable about paying an organ donor and how this restriction ultimately leads to lives being lost. This chapter focuses on the culmination of her work on transplantation, The Ethics of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives, which captures one of the most comprehensive analyses of the debates on organ markets. Within this chapter, it is discussed why The Ethics of Transplants is a leading work and how it has influenced our understanding of this contemporary subject. The chapter is concluded by looking beyond Radcliffe-Richards’s contribution to the paid donation scholarship and suggesting that her unique application of moral reasoning might be useful in deconstructing and analysing arguments surrounding xenotransplantation and three-dimensional bioprinted organs as alternative sources for transplantation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeading Works in Health Law and Ethics
EditorsSara Fovargue, Craig Purshouse
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter15
Pages211-226
Number of pages16
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781003146612
ISBN (Print)9780367704858
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameAnalysing Leading Works in Law
PublisherRoutledge

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Sara Fovargue and Craig Purshouse; individual chapters, the contributors.

Keywords

  • Organ donation
  • living kidney donation
  • xenotransplant

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