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Explain. Editor’s note: The discussion that follows presents common arguments made in support of this perspective, reinforced by facts, quotes, and examples taken from various sources. Eleven-year-old Sarah Murnaghan was born with cystic fibrosis, and the disease eventually destroyed her lungs—meaning that without a new pair, she would die. Murnaghan was placed on the US organ donation waiting list for children’s lungs. However, children’s lungs rarely become available, and after about eighteen months on the list, she still had not received lungs.

3. How strong is the argument that allowing financial compensation for organs would reduce the black market? Explain. Editor’s note: The discussion that follows presents common arguments made in support of this perspective, reinforced by facts, quotes, and examples taken from various sources. Eleven-year-old Sarah Murnaghan was born with cystic fibrosis, and the disease eventually destroyed her lungs—meaning that without a new pair, she would die. Murnaghan was placed on the US organ donation waiting list for children’s lungs.

The potential harms of such a situation, to both parents and the child, are innumerable. Prenatal Testing and Disabilities Although the Simpsons used genetic testing for sex selection, it can also be used to detect abnormalities such as Down syndrome or spina bifida in the fetus. Having this information before birth allows people to make decisions about continuing the pregnancy or undergoing an abortion. Research shows that the number of babies born with these disabilities is decreasing, thanks in large part to prenatal genetic testing.

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