West Virginia University Historical Review


As worldwide populations continue to rise, the constant necessity for life-saving organs for terminally and chronically ill patients has become extremely vital and profitable to medical centers across the globe. Since China’s preliminary debut in the international organ donation and transplantation system in the late 1960s, various scholars, journalists, and health professionals across the globe have demonstrated outright shock at the massive influx and seemingly endless supply of transferable organs emanating from Chinese transplant centers and hospitals. Investigations have shown that China has been actively harvesting organs from recently executed prisoners and incarcerated Falun Gong practitioners. Regardless of numerous outside efforts to cease the practice of harvesting organs from nonconsenting human subjects, China has continued to defy foreign health regulations and codes outlining ethical transplantation methods and has prevailed as one of the leading organ supply centers of the twenty-first century.



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