China Must Regulate For-Profit Organ Donation

illegal kidney trafficking

Target: Dr. Chen Zhu, Chinese Minister of Health

Goal: Urge the Chinese government to regulate for-profit organ donations.

According to the World Health Organization, illegal kidney trades have risen to an estimated 10,000 operations a year, or more than one an hour. Usually donated by the poor in exchange for little money, the operations take place in unfit environments with the use of corrupt doctors. These factors often lead to long-term illness, regret, and sometimes death. By regulating these transactions people would be able to profit in a struggling economy, as well as save lives in a humane and fair trade.

According to ABC News, official reports estimate an average one million people in China in need of organ transplants yearly. However, only one percent of them will have the operation. Unfortunately, due to lack of supply, four out of five patients die waiting for vital organs. In a country with traditional values many citizens are not willing to give up organs after death, resulting in the widening gap of supply and demand. Regulating a for-profit organ donation system would prevent deaths, while providing appropriate funds and care for patients.

By allowing organ trafficking to continue in China the government is saying they do not care about the four out of five patients who will die waiting for a life saving organ. It is necessary that we provide a voice for the poor who are willing to sacrifice in order to provide for their families, pay off debt and increase their quality of life. By employing a private for-profit system, both donors and recipients will be assured a protected trade.

By signing the petition below you will help urge the Health Minister of China to establish a regulated organ donation system that will save lives, prevent crime, and increase quality of life for the citizens of China.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Chen Zhu,

Illegal organ trafficking has become a thriving business that puts patients and citizens at risk. A need for willing donors in a struggling economy has given rise to organ brokers and fraudulent doctors to profit from the needs of the lower class. An insatiable need and ability to profit from these low cost surgeries has resulted in illegal and unfair transactions, exploitation of patients, and death. An average of one million people in China need organ transplants, however, only one percent will receive the necessary operation.

I am urging you to establish a regulated, for-profit, organ donation system that would allow citizens to sell their organs in a manner that protects both recipients and donors. Provide a system where transactions can take place legally using certified physicians, post-surgery care, and negotiations to determine a fair trade.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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