Donation Duress

In India, most kidney and liver donors are women—75% and 60%, respectively. But only 19% of kidney and 24% of liver recipients are women. What gives?

“Although the bodies of women in India are policed like international borders, families don’t mind [them] being cut up for organ donation,” writes Sohini Chattopadhyay. Economically speaking, women represent only 27% of the workforce so long recovery times don’t usually impact household pay.

Transplants also require significant financial expenses for recipients. “My guess is that most Indian families will find this is not worth the investment on a woman,” says transplant coordinator Vibhuti Sharma.

New York Times (Commentary)

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