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Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations?

United Network for Organ Sharing

In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong.  But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.

Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.

The idea is to make all organs available nationally, which would speed things up for people on the coasts but slow things down here.
Today our Ethics Professors join host Steve Kraske to sort out the questions of distributive justice surrounding organ donation and the people who need transplants.


Wayne Vaught, Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences as well as a professor of Philosophy, Medicine and Bioethics.

Clancy Martin, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at UMKC.

Dr. Dane Sommer, directory of Chaplaincy Services at The Children's Mercy Hospital.

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