National Review: New Evidence of Forced Organ Harvesting in China

The news media in China is censored, but one can still get a glimpse of the Chinese Communist Party’s brutality from the filtered reports that conform to the CCP’s narratives.

A Chinese woman living in Japan flew back to China for a heart transplant. Within 10 days, she was provided with four hearts, one after another. As this news was widely reported in China boasting the ample supply of organs, medical professionals began to question the source of these organs, as reported by National Review in an article on August 13 titled “More Evidence of ‘Organs on Demand’ System in China.”

“China has been repeatedly and credibly accused of organ harvesting the Falun Gong and other political prisoners, usually for the black market, in which rich foreigners needing a transplant travel there and buy their lives at the cost of ending someone else’s,” wrote Wesley J. Smith in the article. “It is an evil trade, and one for which China should be shunned by the international community.”

Citing an article titled “4 Hearts in 10 Days: China’s ‘On Demand’ Organ Bank Raises Concerns of Forced Harvesting” published in The Epoch Times on August 11, the National Review article considered the aforementioned woman’s on-demand organ supply as new evidence of the forced organ harvesting in China.

Torsten Trey, executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) said patients in the United States usually wait around 6.9 months for a matching heart. This means that finding four hearts for the same person would require over two years in the U.S.

But that was not the whole story. The Epoch Times article noted that half of the U.S. population, or over 156 million adults, have given donation consent. But in China, people in general are reluctant to donate organs due to cultural reasons, and the voluntary organ donation system hardly functions in China.

The easy access to four hearts for one patient in a short time indicates that the organs were provided through an “on demand system,” Trey explained. This is further supported by the double-lung transplants that were broadly reported by Chinese media. Ethan Gutmann, a China analyst in this field, said that the message from such media coverage in China is that, “We have the organs. It’s safe. Come on over. China is open for business.”

In his 2014 book, The Slaughter, Gutmann documented testimonies from top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors who had confirmed or participated in the organ harvesting crimes. During an interview with DAFOH, he said that many people have asked why the CCP would commit such atrocities. To answer that question, Gutmann conducted extensive analysis and documented his findings in the book.

“There is nothing stupid about such questions; in fact they are the central dilemma that my book investigates. Six of my ten chapters are devoted to how and why the repression of Falun Gong spun out of control,” he said in the interview.

Similarly, Smith also believes that ethics plays a crucial role. “The leaders of a despotism that eschews the sanctity of life, engages in forced labor/slavery to run its industrial manufacturing sector, and crushes religious minorities, aren’t going to worry about (to them) petty limitations such as morality and basic human decency,” He wrote in the National Review article.

“That’s on them. What’s on us is that we allow them to get away with it,” he concluded.

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