Selling organs and souls: Should the state prohibit 'demeaning' practices? [Book Review]

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 1 (1):27-31 (2004)
It is sometimes argued that practices such as organ-selling should be prohibited because they are demeaning to the individuals involved. In this article the plausibility of such an argument is questioned. I will examine what it means to demean or be demeaned, and suggest that the mere fact that an individual is demeaning themself does not provide sufficient justification for legal prohibition. On the contrary, such laws might be argued to be demeaning.
Keywords Kant  demeaning  autonomy  law
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