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‘Absolutely Horrific’: US Doctors’ Group Announce Opposition to CCP's Forced Organ Harvesting

‘Absolutely Horrific’: US Doctors’ Group Comes Out Against CCP’s Forced Organ Harvesting

July 15, 2023 (Updated): A U.S. doctors’ group is taking a stance on the Chinese regime’s industrial-scale murder of prisoners of conscience for their organs, urging U.S. authorities and doctors to do what they can to stop enabling the abuse.

“Overwhelming evidence” indicates that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been incarcerating and committing forced organ harvesting on religious, ethnic, and other minorities in China, according to a statement released by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons earlier this month.

The group also called upon the U.S. government and American physicians to stop training or educating medical professionals from China—or any other totalitarian regime—in skills that could be used to commit the abuse. “We unequivocally condemn it. It’s absolutely barbaric, inhumane, unethical. There’s no way to justify this at all,” Dr. Richard Amerling, former president and current board member of the AAPS, told The Epoch Times. “You cannot forcibly take someone’s organs, that’s the grossest violation of bodily autonomy that could exist.”

“They essentially execute a living person by removing their heart, they’re still technically alive, they’re not brain dead. It is absolutely horrific.”

In 2019, the China Tribunal, an independent expert panel, concluded that the Chinese regime has been committing forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience for years, and “on a substantial scale.”

The tribunal also concluded that imprisoned adherents of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice systematically persecuted by the regime for over two decades, are the principal source. Uyghurs and other persecuted minorities in northwest China are also at risk, along with Tibetans and House Christians, experts have said.

Image above: Falun Gong practitioners raise awareness about the persecution of their spiritual practice by the Chinese Communist Party in China, outside the U.N. building in New York, on Sept. 24, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Allegations of the communist regime killing Falun Gong practitioners to sell their organs for transplant first emerged in 2006. Since then, numerous investigations have confirmed grisly details of this atrocity.

“It’s tough to confront this evil,” said Dr. Amerling. “I think people shy away from looking at things like this. And if you don’t look at it, and you just put it buried under the sand, pretend that it doesn’t exist, life’s easier in many ways.”

“But once you recognize that this is going on, it demands a response. This is too barbaric. A civilized country cannot allow this to go on without some sort of statement.” Dr. Amerling, a nephrologist for over 30 years, believes forced organ harvesting “needs to be condemned forcefully by the medical establishment in this country.”

“It’s absolutely gut-wrenching and horrifying to think this is going on, that people abuse medical knowledge to perform such evil acts,” he said.

Dr. Amerling believes medical societies have the duty to push back against such abuses by publicizing them and shunning Chinese personnel from U.S. medical educational circles. “Why are we training these doctors? Why are we educating them? Why are we allowing them to participate in American medicine in any way?” he said. “They should be blocked from any participation in the American medical system, period. They should not be trained in our hospitals, they should not be allowed to present papers at our conferences, they should not be allowed to publish articles in American journalism.”

Penalizing these doctors and barring their entry to the United States “would send a message to the government, that we’re aware of what they’re up to,” he said.

One nonprofit transplantation organization is already doing that. The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the world’s largest organization dedicated to researching end-stage heart and lung disease, last year said it will no longer accept research papers “involving either organs or tissue from human donors in the People’s Republic of China” due to the body of evidence of the regime’s systematic forced organ harvesting from non-consenting donors.

Call for U.S. Action

Organ harvesting is a lucrative business for the CCP. During a 2021 hearing before the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, Geoffrey Nice, who chaired the China Tribunal, said the Chinese regime could obtain up to half a million dollars from each victim’s body.

Experts have estimated that 60,000 to 100,000 transplants take place in China every year, far exceeding the regime’s official figure of 10,000. Organs for those additional transplants are predominantly sourced from prisoners of conscience, they said.

Image above: Falun Gong practitioners take part in a parade in Flushing, New York, on April 18, 2021, to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the April 25th peaceful appeal of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Dr. Amerling further called upon the U.S. government to harness its “commanding position” through its control of U.S. banks to help put an end to organ harvesting.

He believes that banning the U.S. training of Chinese physicians should be a national policy. But challenges remain, due to the CCP’s influence over U.S. institutions through donations and grants that have effectively bought their silence, according to advocates. The Chinese regime has donated over $3 billion to universities over the past three decades, and experts believe that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Recently, American lawmakers have ramped up efforts to counter forced organ harvesting in China.

Last month, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) introduced the Falun Gong Protection Act (H.R.4132 ). The bill aims to impose sanctions on individuals complicit with forced organ harvesting in China and bar them from entering the United States. It would also make it a U.S. policy to avoid cooperation with communist China in the organ transplantation field and to coordinate efforts with allies and multilateral institutions to sanction the regime.

Also in June, Texas signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes it illegal for health insurance providers to fund organ transplants using organs originating from China or any other country that’s known to be involved in forced organ harvesting.

In March, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act to sanction anyone complicit in such practices.

Dr. Amerling welcomed these legislative responses and hopes others can join his organization in making a position.

“Words have an impact. We can’t let the Chinese get a pass,” he said.

Source: The Epoch Times


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