August 14th, 2012
Wake Forest University School of Law’s Tanya D. Marsh wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled Rethinking Laws Permitting the Sales of Human Remains.
Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted items, updated its “prohibited items” policy last week to ban the listing of human remains or body parts, including skulls, bones, articulated skeletons, bodily fluids, preserved tissues and organs. (Hair and teeth are still allowed to be sold on Etsy.) A few online news outlets picked up the story, and the resulting chatter focused on several questions. “You can buy human remains on the Internet?” And even more fundamentally: “You can buy human remains?”
Read the rest of the article here.
Marsh joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2010, after a career practicing real estate and corporate law in Indiana. She teaches real estate transactions and property.