Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal

Caveat: I am not well versed in law and haven’t thought this through too much. It could be a spec­tac­u­larly bad idea. It also could be a good idea, but bad for EA to be as­so­ci­ated with it. If enough peo­ple think so and com­ment, I’ll delete this post. [Edit: Per­haps this com­ment is a bet­ter idea, though with ap­prox­i­mately the same risks.]

I’ve read most of the EA ar­ti­cles/​posts about kid­ney dona­tion. I also just read this. http://​​fake­​​?p=314

It got me think­ing, what about this sce­nario? A person

1) Se­cures fund­ing for a pro­tracted le­gal battle

2) Donates a kidney

3) Turns them­selves in to the po­lice, say­ing they were ac­tu­ally paid $1 for it (an ab­surdly small amount of money would make it a bet­ter story )

4) Fights a pro­tracted le­gal bat­tle, tak­ing it through all lev­els of the court sys­tem, get­ting lots of press (pos­si­bly with si­mul­ta­neous protests out­side the court­room), and helping to shape pub­lic opinion and even­tu­ally change the law

For a twist, per­haps it could be worked out where the donor was wealthy and/​or fa­mous and the re­cip­i­ent poor. Maybe there are also other de­tails like that, that would make it more press-wor­thy.