Blood for sales: Is It the moral issue?

Blood for sales: Is It the moral issue?

When blood donations are commercialized and individuals can sell their blood or organs for profit, people are less likely to donate to help others, and companies are able to take advantage of vulnerable poor populations who are in need of cash. When money enters in the equation, people are less likely to donate because they believe that others will donate for money instead. The commercialization of blood donations causes serious harm to those in need of blood, who are now forced to pay high prices for life-saving transfusions and have to deal with shortages when there are lower numbers of people making donations.

When commercialized, the number of people interested in donating blood drops considerably because it is now seen as a transaction rather than a donation. Those who are interested in selling their blood often come from vulnerable populations that need money. This reduces the amount of blood available on the market because it is based on supply and demand, rather than altruistic donations. By commercializing blood, those who are not in need of smaller amounts of money will find themselves uninterested in giving blood, because it has been set at such a low value. Those who are truly in need of money, however, will be willing to sell their blood for small amounts of cash, potentially being taken advantage of because they are placed in a position where their blood becomes a commodity that companies can put a price on.

   From a moral standpoint, the commercialization of blood damages communities and harms the connection that people have to one another. When donations are made altruistically for those in need, the donors feel a moral obligation to help others. When blood donations become commercialized, however, people begin to assign a monetary value to their time, energy, and blood and believe that someone else will make the donations instead. Assigning a dollar value to blood has caused people to no longer feel responsible for the well-being of others in their communities. Companies are assigning a value to blood and society is adjusting their views on the importance of donations to help others.

   Some may argue that commercializing blood is the only way to keep up with supply and demand because there would be fewer people willing to donate blood on a regular basis. By commercializing blood, there will always be a relatively steady supply, that can be balanced by blood donation drives when the need is greater. People in the UK who donate blood and see it as a personal obligation to others in their community are more willing to donate regularly and make it a priority to help others. Rather than waiting for vulnerable populations to need money, companies that deal with blood donations and distribution could place a higher moral value on the practice and increase the supply for everyone in need.

    The commercialization of blood does harm to those who need it to live, who may now face shortages or higher prices for the blood, rather than receiving it for free. Placing a monetary value on blood actually lowers its perceived value in the population. Rather than donating blood being seen as a moral obligation, it is viewed as a monetary transaction that the general public does not feel connected to. When a monetary amount is placed on blood, the view becomes not on how much good a donation can do for the recipient, but how much money/good it can do for the donor. This takes advantage of vulnerable populations who put a higher value on the money received from selling blood, while those who think about donating may decide that their donations are unnecessary because others are selling blood for profit.     




Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

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