A new bill in Pakistan’s parliament aims to make kidney donations from unrelated donors illegal. Recent weeks have seen increased controversy over the issue of kidney donations, leading the Supreme Court in July to order the enacting of a law to regulate the trade in human organs. The court was responding to complaints that poor people were being coerced by unscrupulous middlemen into selling kidneys, for which they often received only a tiny percentage of the price promised. The court also looked into media reports that Lahore hospitals were involved in the illegal trade. (Reuters)

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