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Can I sell my kidney?

Question was submitted by: brycedm@bga.com on 6/23/95.

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Question:
 Is it legal to sell my own kidney. If so, how do I go about doing it? I am in need of cash for my family needs.
Answer:
 Paid donation is illegal in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and all of Europe. In India, paid organ donation has been tolerated in the past, but the government there has passed a resolution intended to eliminate the practice. To date, no reputable organization pays for human organs anywhere in the world. Although paid donation may occur in some parts of the world, the lack of accountability of the unscrupulous individuals that engage in this practice means that it is an unsafe to either donate a kidney through such an organization, or purchase a kidney in this way.

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