Bird finds out that there\’s lots of money in body parts. But that the people offering the body parts don\’t get it, the law insists that they don\’t.
Ergo, there\’s a shortage of body parts available. Bird\’s conclusion?
So by the end of my experiment, I saw some dizzying prices, but didn\’t end up with much in my wallet. While it\’s ridiculous that people who are willing to donate bodily fluids as harmless as urine and saliva for crucial medical cannot be paid, I did end up coming around to the old-fashioned idea that altruism must drive any decision to donate. Women who donate eggs, or those who choose to give away a kidney must not be coerced by money to meet their bills. I don\’t know the answer to the UK\’s terrible shortage in eggs or kidneys, but I do know that the answer is not in writing a giant cheque.
How weird is that?
She\’s actually used the example of how there\’s no shortage of eggs in the US as there\’s a free market in them.