Lawsuit Filed Against Ban On Compensating Bone Marrow Doners

November 16th, 2009 - 7:46 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
lawNov.16, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Individuals who are ready to donate their bone marrows might just receive some compensation in future if a lawsuit that filed recently becomes successful in bringing an end to the ban which presently makes paying donors illegal. The lawsuit has been filed by the Institute for Justice (IJ) in the month of October this year with support from both patients and medical practitioners.

The lawsuit is filed against Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. to prevent him from enforcing the law that prohibits people from paying bone marrow donors and makes it an criminal offense. The prohibition is part of the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984 which essentially prohibits any kind of organ sale illegal which includes even paying individual who donate organs in a bid to save lives of people suffering from life threatening ailments.

The Institute for justice has filed the suit in behalf of MoreMarrowDonors.org, a non-profit organization which has advocated that compensation to bone marrow donors should be made legal. Shaka Mitchell, the president of the organization has also added that at the moment the organization is contemplating undertaking a program according to which donors would be compensated by providing them scholarships, housing allowances and charity.

It is being emphasized that if the new provision gets legal sanction then the patients job of finding the proper donor would eventually become much easier. As a result, the new initiative is being viewed as a ray of hope for patients and doctors alike. Bone marrow transplant is often the preferred method for treating different kinds of blood cancer especially significant in critical cases.

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