Organ Selling

Organ Selling is a website dedicated to ending the organ shortage and the attendant needless suffering and death each year of thousands of prospective organ transplant patients simply by allowing monetary compensation for cadaveric organs, which will greatly increase the supply.

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List of Endorsers

Here are the responses we've gotten from people who've taken the time to indicate they endorse our free market approach.  (If, for any reason, you'd like your name to be withdrawn from this list, please e-mail the webmaster, below.)

Health Care Professionals:
   Brian Bain, M.D. - Napa, California
   Shelly Burgess - Bellevue, Nebraska: "I'm going to nursing school and I currently work on the kidney transplant floor at a hospital in Omaha. I have been with them a little under three years. My heart goes out to all those waiting for a transplant. There are not enough people out there who donate. We need to do something."
   Shanna Conover - St. Louis, Missouri: "I am very much in support of your efforts.  However, I believe there are more beneficial rewards than the almighty dollar. Do not sell Americans short on levels of intense compassion for humanity." [For the record, Shanna, I think Americans are among the most compassionate people who have ever lived.]
    Yuri Kass - San Francisco, California: "Being a health care professional and seeing the suffering on such a personal level, I have come to resent the sterile "ethics" of those who have the audacity to say they would never condone the purchase of an organ...even to save the life of their loved one. People enthusiastically rally around to help pay the exorbitant bills demanded by physicians who can only numb the pain until an organ comes along. The Dr's are the ones getting rich off of these people's deaths, and yet people who choose to sell their organs to help save a life are considered unethical. I can only hope that this will change soon. Until then, I will continue to help in any way I can.
   Vitaly Milekhin (transplant surgeon) - Essen, Germany
   Dr. Moor - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
   Dawn Real - Princeton, Illinois
   Deb Zoellers - Dubuque, Iowa

Transplant Patients:
    David Brisson - Goldsboro, North Carolina: "I refuse to endanger the lives of my friends and family by taking a kidney from them. At the same time people die every day, and because Big Brother has a problem with freedom, those kidneys are wasted."
Mark Dervay - Binghamton, New York: "I agree. There is no reason that people cannot freely give up their organs for a profit. I as a dialysis patient am in need of a transplant and have been waiting on a list for 3 years. I wish I could just go online and type in "Kidneys for sale" and go to a site where I could find a match."
    D. K. Gerou - Seminole, Alabama
    Janelle London - San Francisco, California: "I agree! We need to at least TRY this."
Wanda McCain - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "I am currently awaiting a second kidney transplant and would pay for an organ. No one should have to suffer the horror of dialysis if there are people willing to give organs for monetary compensation."
   Terence McCarthy - Voorheesville, New York: "I have started the Presumed Consent Foundation to help solve the same problem. See I would support your idea also, but I think that presumed consent has a more reasonable chance of getting through."
Tracy Rost - Dayton, Ohio: "I recently came across your website regarding compensation to organ donors. I am a 28 year old patient with a rare blood type who is waiting for a liver transplant. Every day, I pray a bill will be passed (or whatever needs to happen) so that donors can in fact - not be paid - but compensated. Compensated for their time, their suffering and the risks involved. Not paid for the organ. ...  I know a lot of people think it's wrong and if I weren't in need of a new liver, I probably would, too.  Doctors say it's unethical, other doctors say it would exploit donors, congressmen agree to both points and well, me, the recipient? I honestly don't care why someone gives me part of their liver.... I just want to see my son grow up and graduate, get married.  I want to hold his first born child.  I just want to live."
Dan Thompson - Eaton, Colorado: "I have been on the transplant list for five years. Dialysis is a slow and terrible death, not really a treatment."

Friends or Relatives of Transplant Patients:
   D. Caudill - Somerset, Kentucky
    Mary Jo Cole - Columbia, South Carolina
    Sheila Monica - Toledo, Ohio: "I believe some form of compensation to the donor's estate or a contribution in the name of the donor is a good idea. A national donor pool has merits also."
Larry R. Quay, II - Milesburg, Pennsylvania: "I simply feel saddened for our loved ones, whom we want to help, but know there are others out there we can. And possibly they may help us, too."
    Vernon Souza - Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "We went outside the U.S. for a live donor kidney transplant for my wife Cynthia. The quality of health care we received far exceeds what we got here in the states, and in fact it was a very stark comparison. Quite frankly, I'm mad as hell at the mainstream medical community, the self-serving politicians, and the left-wing do-no-gooders and their stance on compensation for a kidney donor and a lot of other issues. I communicated with dozens of doctors around the world and received more help and accurate information than I could get from our own nephrologist here at home. I am now on a mission to accurately inform people that are in need of a kidney transplant of the benefits of seeking a live kidney transplant outside the US if one is not available here, and to join with you to get legislation changed."
Laurel Starks - Pasadena, California: "I do not understand why, when the hospitals, pharmaceutical industry, doctors, and many more industries all profit from organ donation, the donors themselves, who put their life on the line, and who are the only party involved who "own," if you will, their organs, cannot make a single penny from it. If it is such a moral issue, then why not make it non-profit for everyone?  Then, I suppose, there would be little motivation for the health care industry to invest their time, which is precisely why there are only a handful of living donors willing to do it. The spectrum of living donors is typically very narrow for a patient -- just an immediate family member or very close friend. Imagine how broad it would become if it could benefit people in desperate need of money.  People risk their lives every day for money.  How many dangerous professions can you think of that people do because they have to put food on their table? Why is this any different? The technology is there.  Let's take advantage of it."

   Lloyd Cohen, Ph.D., J.D. - George Mason University School of Law - Fairfax, Virginia: "If I were in need, I'd love an organ to come from a kind, loving, generous person who donates out of the kindness of his heart.  But barring that, I'll take it from a mean, selfish S.O.B. whom I pay for it."
   David L. Kaserman, Ph.D. - Torchmark Professor of Economics, Auburn University
   Gregory E. Pence, Ph.D. - Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethicist, University of Alabama at Birmingham: "I came across your web site on organ selling and find myself in sympathy with your position, as you can see. Not too many medical ethicists seem to be with you on this one and perhaps you need one on your web site?"

Concerned Citizens::
    Shiv Kumar Agarwal - Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Cassandra Ally - Hesperia, California
    Meghan Anderson - Melbourne, Florida: "I agree that the demand for organs is high and that people should be allowed to sell their organs in order to help people in need. You own your body and should be allowed to do what you want with it, especially if it will save a life. Selling organs will increase the availability of these badly needed organs and save the lives of many.":
    Todd A. Anderson, Ph.D. - Beaverton, Oregon
    Denise Banks - Phoenix, Arizona
    Al Baumol - New York, New York
    Fred Bento - Marion, Indiana
    Sue Bowen - Elgin, Texas
    Brenda Britt - Orlando, Florida
    Buddy Broin - California
    Wanda Brown - New Iberia, Louisiana
    Jordan Burnett - Imperial, Missouri
    Ray Burrows - Calgary, Canada: "If I could sell an organ that I didn't need, I'd do it with no problem at all.  And after I die I don't need my organs any more, so if I could sign them away for use after death I would do that as well. Not only would it end my suffering from having no money, it would also save a life."
    Marva Byington - Phoenix, Arizona: "There is an answer to the shortage of organs. We must act now!!!"
    Tom Carraway - Topeka, Kansas: "It figures Congress has created this mess!"
    Steven G. Casey - Seymour, Wisconsin
    Maria Castillo - Los Angeles, California
    Ciro Correia - Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa
    Lindsey Councell - Cordova, Maryland: "This started out as a research project for me, but as I find out more and more this really touches my heart. I am a donor when I pass away but as for right now, I am still scared about being a living donor."
    Traci Criddle - Houston, Mississippi: "So many die, so few help."
    Meredith Davis - Waxahachie, Texas: "I certainly agree with your principles. It's overwhelming to think of the number of lives that could be saved by allowing compensation for organs. And it's not like you're really going to need them when you're dead, right?"
    Melissa Day - Brownwood, Texas
    Ristic Dragomir - Vrsac, Serbia
    Caitlin Drake - Markham, Ontario, Canada: "I'm doing a paper on this topic and am getting a lot of flack for my beliefs, but I feel very strongly about this subect and want to educate others about it."
    Cheryl Eagles - Ajax, Ontario, Canada: "Your body, your choice, to do with as you please."
    Stew Engel - Fredericksburg, Virginia: "Great site! Why limit sales of organs to cadavers? One kidney or part of a liver could be transplanted from live donors. A Bangladeshi could get 20 years income for a kidney he doesn't need. All parties benefit. Thanks for your great work."
    Cyrus Epler - St. Petersburg, Florida
    Jenny Fang - Irvine, California: "Your website is not only informative but also inspiring. With your efforts,I believe more and more people would be inspired to show their concerns for the problem of organ shortage."
    April Flores - El Paso, Texas
    Terry Forrest - Denton, Texas
    Dean R. Fowler - Mechanicsville, Maryland: "I feel very strongly that people should be allowed to freely sell organs on the intent to help people.  We should be able to decide what we want to do with our own bodies."
    Richard R. Frost - Key West, Florida: "The federal government is very good at doing two things: creating oversupply and shortages. Both have disastrous effects on the citizenry."
  Jessie Fulton - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Brandy Gaidry - Orlando, Florida: "This money could help with the loved one's funeral expenses." "This money could help with the loved one's funeral expenses."
    Suzette Gast - Marble Falls, Texas: "I agree with compensating living donors. Is it more unethical to allow somebody to die who is in dire need of an organ than to offer a monetary incentive as a possible solution to meeting the high demand for organ transplants in our low supply society?"
    Dave Glasser - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Brian Green - Hinesville, Georgia
    Sarah Grzesik - Cary, North Carolina
    Jason Hallmark - Dayton, Ohio: "The laws of supply and demand do not get repealed for organs. Let's help save lives!"
    Jeremy Hansen - Haverford, Pennsylvania
    J. Scott Hamilton - Gilbert, Arizona: "This is an issue I've felt strongly about for many years."
    Duane Horton - Middletown, Rhode Island
    John Hutchins - Preston, Maryland: "Why are they interfering in the free market? That law is the entire reason there is a black market in organs."
    Tom Hynes - Rancho Palos Verdes, California
    David Jacobson - Simi Valley, California: "I am a non-donor by principle. This is my body, not society's, and until society agrees I will not allow it to be helped."
    Anil K. Jairaj - Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
    Steve Johnson - Glendale, Arizona
    Amanda Kirby - Muncie, Indiana
    Kim Klupar - Phoenix, Arizona: "I feel what you are doing is an excellent thing and I wish you the best of luck."
    Dawn Koontz - New Eagle, Pennsylvania
    Tyler Larson - Pullman, Washington
    John Leigh - Baltimore, Maryland: "I now agree organs should be marketed."
    Danik Leichter - Cape Coral, Florida: "I believe in compensation for organ donation. It might even help with future medical complications in case something goes wrong. I would be a donor myself."
    Andy Levin - Williamsville, New York
    Mike Linksvayer - San Fransicso, California
    Billy Little - Burnet, Texas
    Gao Lijun - Wuhan, Hubei, China
    Matthew Lonergan - Chicago, Illinois: "Keep fighting the good fight!"
    Angela Lopez - Austin, Texas
    Jolene Lowery - Clarksville, Tennessee
    Gabriel Machado - Coral Springs, Florida
    Amy Macks - Century, Florida
     Dana Markham - Madisonville, Kentucky: "We should be able to donate our organs if we wish to, living or dead.  It's our body."
    Ben Marvin - Fort Mill, South Carolina
    Russell Mathews - De Funiak Springs, Florida
    Greg McCulley - San Antonio, Texas: "A very humane concept; a win-win for all involved, and I hope the legislation passes."
    Mary McMahon - Chevy Chase, Maryland
    Carl Mills - Manchester, United Kingdom: "I agree 100% with your comments. I will do all I can in the UK to get laws changed!"
    Ken Newsom - Greeley, Colorado
    Christian O'Mara - Providence, Rhode Island
    Kevin B. O'Reilly - Chicago, Illinois: "We don't expect the grocer to give us food out of the goodness of his heart. Yet, we rely on him to give us his heart for nothing. No wonder thousands die needlessly every year."
    Sunny Pak - Sierra Vista, Arizona
    Christopher Patridge - Independence, Missouri: "If it were legal to do so, I would sell one kidney, half my liver, and some bone marrow to raise money for my college education. (I already sell my blood.) It is only out of great fear of our government that I have not already tried to do so.
   I would expect to charge a very high price (though if it were legal in the U.S. I would be looking to get significantly less), but after my death, any organs I had left would be available for $50 each. If it were still illegal and none of my heirs would wish to sell them on the black market, then it would be my wish that my organs rot, wasted in the ground.
   So right there, legalizing payment for organs would definitely make available 2 kidneys, 1 heart, 2 lungs, 2 eyes, all my skin, all my bone marrow, all my blood, AND my 3 ft. ponytail of pretty brown hair. Heck, once I'm dead, they could each go to any stranger for $5 apiece paid to my estate. But no one besides family could get them for free!
   There is a price for everything, and making it illegal NEVER eliminates the demand for a good or service, it rarely even dents the supply. (However, because of the complex requirements for organ transplantation, the government does an amazing job of keeping the supply astoundingly low.) But what criminalizing any good or service ALWAYS does,is drive the price WAY up, and lower the quality. Now when you buy ANYTHING on the black market, you don't just pay for the good or service, you also pay to compensate the seller for the enormous risk they took in providing you with a good or service that could wind them up in jail for a long time and cost them all of their property in hefty fines!
   Also because of the enormous profit (due to the risk), and the freedom from having to compete with more honest, law-abiding businessmen, many unsavory criminal types enter into the black-market business, which lowers quality (you can't complain in public that someone ripped you off in an illegal deal). Would you rather buy your booze from the friendly guy at the liquor store, or from Al Capone, who might break your legs if you're late paying your tab, or could ruin your life just by letting it be known that you bought his goods and services? Which choice sounds more appealing to you? Look at all the needless deaths and mutilations that occured from back-alley abortions vs. today's legal means. Need I say more?"

    Michelle R. Pippin - Rockford, Illinois: "Supply and Demand - The American Way!"
    Paul Ellsworth Pugh, II - Saratoga Springs, New York: "I am not a number.  I am a free man."
    Don Reid - Glasgow, Scotland
    John P. Reilly - Deerfield Beach, Florida
    Robert M. Renk - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "I believe in self ownership."
    Justin Richards - Avon, Indiana: "It's my body. I can sell my organs if I want to."
    Richard F. Roehl - St. Louis, Missouri
    Steve Salguero - Hayward, California
Kevin Sell - Seymour, Missouri: "Your body is free trade. I'm a healthy person, but see nothing wrong with being compensated for kidney donation."
    Erica Sharp - Dayton, Ohio
    Claudio Djissey Shikida - Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil: "A market with rules is the best way to help people in a world of scarcity of organs. People with these market-ideas should be respected, despite the prejudices. Yes, I endorse this attempt to explain honestly to people how a market can help us to save people."
    Luo Shiming - Zhu Hai, Guang Dong, China
    Deborah E. Smoak - Houston, Texas
    Donnie Sneddon, Jr. - Des Moines, Iowa
    William K. Snyder Sr. - Butler, Pennsylvania
    Anthony Soldano - Plainwell, Michigan: "I believe a person should have the right to sell their body parts."
    Tina Spurlock - Henryetta, Oklahoma: "This proposition would save so many lives, I don't know how anyone couldn't agree. If it were my father, mother, family member or friend, I would do it in a heartbeat. Just put yourself in their shoes."
    Michelle Storie - Norman, Oklahoma
    James Sturiale - "I see nothing wrong with being compensated for donating a kidney."
    Chris Taluskie - Elizabethton, Tennessee
    Ana Torres-Alvarez - London, England
    Francois Tremblay - Anjou, Quebec, Canada: "I support organ trading 100% on a philosophical, ethical, and political basis. How can anyone stand by as 5,000 people die every year? Come visit my web site ( for this and other free-market oriented positions."
    Elysia Tucker - Florence, Alabama
    Ralph W. Washburn - Euless, Texas: "I wholeheartedly agree!"
    Bynum M. Wheeler - Columbia, Missouri: "Government has no right to tell people what to do with their bodies."
    Billy Williams - Chickamauga, Georgia: "I'm for organ selling."
    Blake Williams - Greenhurst, New York
    Lauretta Winters - Stevenson, Alabama: "I very much think that people should be allowed to sell their own body parts. We are allowed to give them freely to strangers or family members.  But if we can help a stranger and give them a longer and happier life then why can't they compensate us for the gift they received?"
    Tracy Woods - Bensalem, Pennsylvania
    Matt Zwolinski - Tuscon, Arizona: "Those concerned with the well-being of living, breathing individuals need to look beyond the intention of a policy to see its actual effects. The prohibition on organ-selling has resulted in suffering and death. This is inxecusable."
    Joe Zychik - Thousand Oaks, California: "Keep up the good work."

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Last updated: December 28, 2010.