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While reading the July 4 article “China plans reforms to organ donation rules as harvesting concerns linger,” I rethought this serious issue.

Cracking down on organ trafficking and illegal organ transplants with firm, established rules is a good idea. The idea of trafficking organs is ethically abominable, since buying organs would ultimately lead to buying lives. What’s more, illegal transplant operations conducted with proper equipment and hygiene will have a negative impact on unofficial donors and recipients alike. However, demand for donated organs is increasing, so it goes without saying that organ donation by deceased relatives is not enough. Sometimes, organs from deceased donors won’t work well, whether involving adults or minors. As a result, more patients’ lives would be claimed.

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