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The Chinese regime has indirectly admitted to the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners—according to a bioethics professor. His comments come after a senior Chinese health official said last week that executed prisoners are the main source of organs for transplant surgery in the country.
Professor Arthur Caplan heads the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He said on Tuesday that China's Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu may have confirmed what some rights group have long suspected—that the Chinese regime has been harvesting organs from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners as part of the regime's persecution of the spiritual practice.
Huang acknowledged last week that executed prisoners remained the primary source of organs for the country's expanding organ transplant industry.
[Professor Arthur Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania]:
"I found it startling, because no one has actually said anything from that official source that high up about the use of prisoners."
Allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners surfaced in 2006, though the Chinese regime has always denied the practice. The then spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Mao Qunan said at the time that news about the regime executing prisoners for their organs were "maliciously fabricated."
Professor Caplan says Vice Minister Huang has now indirectly confirmed the regime's been harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners.