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Texas state media reported on forced organ harvesting

On June 7, the governor of Texas signed a bill called TX SCR3, after the bill “condemning China’s involuntary organ harvesting” was approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. state through, according to Minghui, the overseas Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) portal regularly publishes first-hand evidence from primary sources (direct witnesses) in the Mainland about the incident. persecution of Falun Gong.

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The bill was proposed in the state Senate in January 2021, then passed in the Texas Senate in April and in the state House of Representatives in May.

The bill reads: “Over the past two decades, the Chinese communist government has engaged in a despicable practice of forcibly harvesting human organs for the transplant industry,” and also states produced numerous evidences of forced organ harvesting, and called on the US government and the international community to put an end to this brutality. The bill also encourages the medical community to raise awareness about forced organ harvesting so that Texans do not unintentionally commit crimes by engaging in transplant tourism in China.

The Texas State Senate Bill SCR3 condemned the CCP’s live organ harvesting. (Photo: Minh Hue Net)

Ethical issues related to forced organ harvesting

Several newspapers have reported on this new law. On June 1, the Dallas Morning News, the largest newspaper in Dallas, reported on the bill being passed by the state legislature. Citing information from international media, the report said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) targeted hundreds of thousands of detainees to commit forced organ harvesting, in which  France practitioners. Falun Gong are the main targets.

The Facts, the largest newspaper in Brazoria County, published a letter from Ms. Giang, a local resident. In the letter, she thanked state lawmakers for their support of the bill. According to Donate Life Texas, the state’s only official organ and tissue donation registry, approximately 60% of Brazoria County residents are registered as organ donors. However, it still takes several years to find a suitable kidney or liver. In China, less than 0.02% of the population is registered to donate organs, but organs can be obtained in as little as two weeks. Researchers found that prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners, were killed for their organs in China.

By bringing up the ethical issue, SCR3 will help more people understand this tragedy. Before going to China for an organ transplant, people should assess the situation and reconsider their decision if the promised organs will be obtained from involuntary donors.

On June 19, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in the Greater San Antonio area published Ms. Lamb’s letter. She praised SCR3 for informing Texans of the risks of participating in an organ transplant in China. Forced organ harvesting is an inhumane crime, and she would like to thank the legislature for its support on this matter.

On June 20, the  Montgomery County Gazette  in the Greater Houston area published a letter from reader Liu Jing. Ms. Liu was in China when the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, and there was a lot of hate propaganda targeting Falun Gong. Without access to independent news sites, she believed the defamatory propaganda. She didn’t know what Falun Gong really was until 2004 when she moved to the US. A Chinese friend told her the truth about Falun Gong and its benefits. After that, Ms. Liu Jing began to practice Falun Gong.

From her own experience, Ms. Liu knows many Chinese people have been deceived by the CCP. Therefore, she has been working with other practitioners to inform both Chinese and Americans about Falun Gong and the persecution. She believes that the persecution will end when more people learn about the CCP’s brutality and lies.

Testimony from witnesses

On June 16, the Austin American-Statesman, the major Austin daily, published a letter from local resident William Vu. He thanked the legislators for passing the bill SCR3 and said: “The right to receive treatment through an organ transplant is not synonymous with the right to take another person’s life.”

Mr. William’s father, Yu Xinhui, was one of the witnesses at the hearing on the bill. For practicing Falun Gong, Mr. Vu Xinhui was sentenced to six years and tortured in prison. “During his time there, my father underwent physical examinations and blood tests not at all for his health, because he had been tortured, but to coincide with the search for his contents,” Mr. suitable organs”.

In his testimony, Mr. Vu Tan Hoi said that many prisoners were aware of organ harvesting and that guards often used it to intimidate prisoners who did not obey orders. A doctor in that prison in the same town as Mr. Vu also confirmed this. The doctor said that Falun Gong practitioners are very healthy and their organs are in top condition. Prisoners are often addicted to drugs or alcohol, making their organs often unsuitable. The doctor also implied that if Mr. Vu did not give up his practice of Falun Gong, his internal organs could be removed for transplantation, including his heart, liver, spleen, and lungs.

Mr. Vu is from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. After starting to practice Falun Gong in 1994, the serious stomach illness that had tormented him for many years was cured. This gave him hope in life.

After the CCP began to persecute Falun Gong, he told the people around him the truth about Falun Gong. In 2001, he was arrested and detained at Sihui Prison in Guangdong Province for six years, during which time he was tortured, beaten, humiliated, and injected with unknown drugs.

Mr. Vu said that every year that prison transfers a number of detainees, from dozens to several dozen. No one knows where they were taken. Mr. Vu remembers, one night in 2006, several vehicles arrived, including buses, military vehicles and ambulances. Many armed policemen entered the prison and asked the detainees not to look, not to talk and just lie on the bed facing the wall. Anyone whose name is called will leave without taking any belongings. Everyone in the cell was scared and desperate. Three detainees were named at the time. He also heard that some prisoners in other cells had also been taken away. Their belongings were left behind, and they never returned.

At the end of his testimony, Mr. Vu expressed his hope that more people will help end the crime of organ harvesting, so that innocent lives can be saved.

Unanimous support

After being unanimously passed in the state Senate on April 15, bill SCR3 was also unanimously passed in the state House on May 20. Then, on June 7, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott signed this bill into law.

The bill begins by citing findings from the Independent Court of Impeachment of China in 2019 and describes organ transplant tourism in China. “Falun Gong, a practice centered on the values ​​of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, became extremely popular in the 1990s. In July 1999, the CCP launched a massive nationwide persecution. to destroy this practice. Year 2015 ; Freedom House has reported that Falun Gong practitioners are the main victims of forced organ harvesting and face the risk of death or being killed while in custody.

In addition, the bill also cites commitments from former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. On July 20, 2020, he said, “We call on the government of the People’s Republic of China to immediately stop the abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners, and release those imprisoned for their faith. their, [. . .] and answered about the whereabouts of the missing practitioners. 21 years of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners is too long, and the persecution must stop.”

The bill reads: “Texas Legislature No. 87 strongly condemns China’s practice of involuntary organ harvesting.” Furthermore, the legislature “encourages the medical community to educate Texans about the risks of going to China for an organ transplant to help prevent Texans from unintentionally engaging in murder under forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience”.

In closing, the legislature “respectfully calls on the United States Congress and the President of the United States to pass bills and adopt measures that prohibit cooperation between American medical and pharmaceutical companies with any any Chinese partners involved in forced organ harvesting, barring entry to the United States of those who have engaged in unethical surgical and organ harvesting, and prosecuting that individual”.

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