Read “Legalizing the Organ Trade?” by Ritter, located on the Time website (copy and paste the link into
As noted in Peter Ritter’s (2008), “Legalizing the Organ Trade?”, Singapore’s health minister, Khaw Boon
Wan, argued that, “We may be able to find an acceptable way to allow a meaningful compensation for
some living, unrelated kidney donors, without breaching ethical principles or hurting the sensitivities of
others” (para. 2). In the definition essay assignment, you are asked to select a term, define the term,
and offer evidence to support your definition of the term.
In this case, imagine you have selected the term meaningful compensation to define. You might ask
yourself: What constitutes meaningful compensation for an organ donor, especially if the donor is poor
and the recipient is wealthy? What examples of human organ sales can I find that match or do not
match your definition of meaningful compensation? What other terms related to organ sales and
donation would be suitable for an argument of definition?