Assessing Moral Arguments Against Living Organ Donation by Prisoners

Posted: 19 Jul 2007

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Andrew Millis

Rhodes College

Matthew Devitt

Cornell University

Mary Simmerling

Adler University; Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medical College

Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

Because of their limited rights within the penal system, prisoners are generally considered to be especially vulnerable to certain kinds of coercion and exploitation. It is in part to protect prisoners from these abuses that their freedom to be living organ donors is restricted. Many in the transplant and bioethics communities support these restrictions based on moral grounds. In this manuscript, we assess these moral arguments and suggest that they may not be sufficiently compelling to justify current restrictions on living organ donation by prisoners.

Keywords: prisoner, organ donor, ethics, consent, coercion, exploitation, rights, justice

Suggested Citation

Millis, Andrew and Devitt, Matthew and Simmerling, Mary, Assessing Moral Arguments Against Living Organ Donation by Prisoners (June 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001503

Andrew Millis

Rhodes College ( email )

2000 N. Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112
United States

Matthew Devitt

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Mary Simmerling (Contact Author)

Adler University ( email )

17 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medical College ( email )

1300 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
United States

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