Art Caplan, PhD, a pseudoeditor of the blog at the American Journal of Bioethics, reports on an admission from a Chinese official that confirms the rumor that prisoners are killed for their organs, which are then sold. US residents are among those that pay for these organs.
Speaking at a conference of surgeons in the southern city of Guangzhou, Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu called for a strict code of conduct and better record-keeping to stem China’s thriving illegal organ trade, state media reported.
“Apart from a small portion of traffic victims, most of the organs from cadavers are from executed prisoners,” said Huang, reported the English-language China Daily newspaper Thursday. “The current organ donation shortfall can’t meet demand.”
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