Ainda sobre o mercado de órgãos

On Wednesday, May 9, AFF will host a roundtableon the ethics of organ sales. Over 70,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney and the list is growing every day. The 1984 National Organ Transplantation Act made it illegal to sell or acquire an organ for money, and created the often dreaded “national waiting list.” Donation solely by altruism is not working for most patients. Is organ donation simply a supply and demand problem that can be solved by introducing market incentives? Or is allowing financial gain for body parts a violation of basic human dignity? Is America ready to move to a free-market organ allocation process? Should we look to the European “presumed consent model” where all citizens are considered a donor unless they opt-out? Or is the answer to look at other non-monetary incentives?

Joining us to discuss these issues are Dr. Sally Satel of the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Sam Crowe of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and Kerry Howley of Reason Magazine. Christie Raniszewski Herrera of the American Legislative Exchange Council will moderate. Stay tuned for more panelists.

The event will take place at the Fund for American Studies, 1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, near Dupont Circle. Drinks at 6:30; Roundtable begins at 7:00. Roundtables are free for members, $5 for non-members. So join today! Please RSVP to Kathleen O’Hearn at kathleen@americasfuture.org.

Na selva, claro, discutir isto é tabu. O evento é promovido por este povo.


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Eis uma boa pergunta

Via Christianity Today, I find that 1 in 30 late-second-trimester babies aborted in England for eugenic reasons are born alive, dying a few hours later. That’s 102 of 3,189 in this category over nine years (there are 190,000 abortions annually, in all categories). Do pro-abortion people count this as infanticide, or not? It is an interesting definitional question. It’s rare, of course, but 102 extra murders per year in Britain would, I expect, make a dent in the crime statistics.

Neste caso, a conceituação estatística faz toda a diferença.


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Eu tenho a oferta, você, a demanda

The governmental Japan Bank for International Cooperation has decided to extend massive loans to Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in exchange for securing a stable oil supply for Japan, JBIC officials said Sunday.

The policy-based financial institution is considering lending several billion dollars in the coming years to help meet the Persian Gulf country’s $ 20 billion demand to boost its crude production and its economy, the officials said.

The move, under which Japan initially plans to extend $ 1 billion, or some 120 billion yen, by the end of this year, will draw attention as a new method of securing crude oil supply.

JBIC Gov. Kyosuke Shinozawa, who is accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his eight-day trip to the Middle East, was slated to sign the agreement with the ADNOC head.


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A economia dos transplantes de órgãos

A man died of liver damage and severe pancreatitis after receiving a transplanted kidney from a hepatitis B patient and becoming infected with the virus, a hospital panel said Sunday.

The transplant was one of 25 transplants involving suspect kidneys conducted by urologist Makoto Mannami at the Uwajima Municipal Hospital in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, since the 1990s that recently came to light.

“It is reasonable to conclude that the transplant caused the virus infection, so we think there are substantial links between the death and the transplant,” Katashi Fukao, head of the investigation panel, told a news conference, referring for the first time to causal links between the controversial transplants and the death of a patient.

“I don’t think we can call this (proper) medical practice,” Fukao added.

Leia tudo.


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