China's Global Bazaar in Body Parts

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    Global Bazaar in Body Parts
    By Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle
    July 20, 2006

    IS CHINA harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners--who are killed in the process? David Kilgour, a former Canadian member of Parliament, and Canadian human rights attorney David Matas admit that they cannot prove or disprove allegations that China has killed thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in order to harvest their organs, but they fear and believe it is happening. So they wrote in a report ( released this month for the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong in China.

    You don't have to take the word of Falun Gong members to believe that the Chinese government is killing adherents for their body parts.

    China has seen a steep rise in organ transplants over the past six years -- from 18,500 in six-year period 1994 to 1999 -- to 60,000 in 2000 to 2005. (That figure was extrapolated from the China Medical Organ Transplant Association.) With no sign of a rise in the number of brain-dead donors and family members donating organs, the report found, "the source of 41,500 transplants for the six-year period 2000 to 2005 is unexplained."

    Web sites for Chinese medical facilities demonstrate that it is quick and easy to get a human organ in China. One site boasted, "It may take only one week to find out the suitable (kidney) donor." Maximum wait time: one month. One clinic advertised an average waiting time for a liver of two weeks, another cited an average wait of one week. That's fast service for an operation that requires a fresh, healthy and compatible corpse.

    The median waiting time in Canada for an organ was 32.5 months in 2003.

    The report also relied on testimony from witnesses, including a woman who claims her ex-husband harvested corneas from some 2,000 Falun Gong members. The report also cited transcripts of phone calls to Chinese hospitals in which doctors offered healthy organs from live Falun Gong donors.

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