John Stossel

But what gives us the right to decide for them? No one forced them. They wanted the $1,000 more than they wanted two kidneys. To say the poor are too desperate to resist a dangerous temptation is patronizing. Poor people are entitled to run their own lives, too.

Steve posted an ad online, and soon people from all over the world were calling to sell him a kidney. Pereira says sternly, "That's where we have to step in."

No, doctor, that's where you have to step aside. Like many anointed experts, Dr. Pereira thinks he and others like him -- "the government, the professional societies who help the government make the right policies" -- have to make our decisions for us. But that conceit condemns people to suffer and die -- as Steve Rivkin did.

Government and professional societies have no right to do that. They don't own your body. You do.

Al Gore may think that it is moral that if he and enough others who agree with him can get elected, they get to make your decisions. But that way lies death, if you need a kidney -- and deprivation if you need anything else he and his comrades don't want you to have. There's a better, truer morality: the morality of the Founders, who held it to be self-evident that each of us had the rights to life and liberty -- that each of us owned, and had the right to strive to preserve and enjoy, our own life.

John Stossel

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