A northern Virginian authority urged patients to avoid mainland China for organ transplant procedures.
Prince William County has approved a proclamation that makes it a priority of the Board of Supervisors to warn Virginians and clinicians about potential ethical and legal risks associated with traveling to China for a new human organ.
“Residents, and the medical community servicing Prince William and the immediate region, [should] be informed about the risks of travel to China for organ transplants to help prevent local citizens from becoming accomplices in state-sponsored forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience,” the proclamation said.
The board has also agreed to make representations on the same issue to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and the Old Dominion State’s public healthcare system.
“[The county] will provide copies of this resolution to the Governor of Virginia and Virginia Department of Health,” the proclamation said. “Prince William residents should be fully informed of the organ source in China before they make the decision to engage in organ transplant tourism in China, and [the] Prince William County Board should assist in raising awareness in this regard.”
The remarks came after at least 100 residents expressed concern about the growing number of elderly people traveling to China for a quick organ transplant.
Catharpin local Jim Gerigosian revealed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) allegedly harvests and sells the organs of live “prisoners of conscience,” including Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) adherents, Uighur native people, Tibetan buddhists, and underground Christians for profit.
“The terminally ill are told if they come to China, they do not have to wait months for an organ transplant,” he said according to Potomac Local News. “They just do not tell us where the organs are coming from.”
A 2020 independent tribunal into forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in mainland China backs these concerns. The tribunal, which was led by Sir Geoffrey Nice who prosecuted former Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic for genocide, identified Falun Dafa adherents as a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group worthy of protection under the Genocide Convention. It also found no reason to doubt “physical acts have been carried out that are indicative of the crime of genocide.”
Governments around the world have either condemned the practice or supported an end to the CCP’s arbitrary detention, torture, organ harvesting, and killing. U.S. Congress unanimously passed House Resolution 343 in 2016 to condemn state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in mainland China, and demand the CCP immediately end organ harvesting of all prisoners of conscience.
Woodbridge resident Lien Pham thanked Board Supervisors Margaret Franklin and Victor Angry for responding to her concerns about Falun Dafa adherents being forced to have x-rays, sonograms, and blood tests to determine organ compatibility.
“Very few Prince William residents have heard of this issue,” she said.
Loudoun County also recently passed a special resolution expressing similar concerns about organ harvesting in mainland China.
Fairfax resident Alex Wang applauded the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for their “courage and righteous stand” on this moral issue despite growing concerns of foreign CCP influence and economic coercion.
“In the past two decades, Western governments, mainstream media and global corporations have been largely keeping silent on issues like religious suppression, and unethical forced organ harvesting committed by the CCP,” he said in an opinion article published by Loudoun Now. “In contrast, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors led its way and called it out, ‘When you harm people anywhere, it harms all of us. Anywhere someone is harmed, humanity as a whole is harmed.'”
Wang believes the rising level of political representation about organ harvesting will protect lives, and help more American patients avoid becoming an accomplice in the CCP’s genocide.
“It may save innocent lives in mainland China while meeting the standard that our conscience demands,” he said.
“[Americans] would unknowingly become complicit of this heinous crime. Moreover, when they eventually find out the truth, not only their health recovery would likely be impaired but the sense of guilt may accompany them the rest of their lives,” he added.