Radley Balko often points out the stupidity of lawmakers trying to legislate everything from seatbelts for dogs to barring pizza from 1000 feet of a school in his popular meme —. Keep that in mind, because I’m going to do something libertarians rarely do, propose a law.
You see, in China, there’s this practice of selling the organs of prisoners (political or otherwise) who are executed and whose bodies aren’t claimed by the family right away. Apparently this process isn’t voluntary in the slightest:
CHINA: It’s illegal to buy or sell organs in China. But a 1984 law allows organs to be transplanted from an executed prisoner if family members don’t claim the body right away. Amnesty International says Chinese media reported 1,060 judicial executions in 2002. But it says the actual figure may be as high as 15,000. Most harvested prisoner organs are sold to medical “visitors” from Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Singapore.
What’s so wrong with this? Well, it certainly gives new meaning to the term “profiling.” How comfortable would you be living in a country where your odds of going to jail might hinge on someone’s need for a kidney with your blood type? I can already picture Cheney drooling over the latest selection of Chinese dissidents with healthy hearts.
Well that’s China, and frankly there’s not a damn thing we could do to stop them from continuing that type of behavior. But we can make it a crime against humanity for an American to get an organ transplant from any person who did not willingly donate that organ, wherever in the world they may try and obtain it. A blog by the name of Say No to Crack has similar sentiments about tackling legal issues:
There are solutions to this, like opening up country markets to legalize this brand of human tissue trade. It sounds very invasive and immoral to most people, but if there are laws that tackled the issues surrounding the transplant trade there could be brighter futures for the buyer AS WELL as the poor sellers.
If social conservatives can rally around a retarded woman having a feeding tube removed by the state, then there shouldn’t be a problem getting them to back a law banning receiving international stolen goods or backing an international database of consenting donors as the only legal venue for American transplants.