Texas recently officially adopted a resolution condemning the systematic killing of prisoners of conscience for the forced removal of their organs as part of the illegal organ trading business that has been conducted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for several years.
The resolution recently signed by the state of Texas is known as TX SCR3. It urges Congress and the President of the United States to take steps to prosecute those responsible for the abuse, ban them from entering the United States, and prohibit U.S. medical and pharmaceutical companies from collaborating with their Chinese counterparts complicit in the macabre business.
The resolution passed unanimously through both houses of the state legislature and was then signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 7.
Over the past few years, China has become a transplant tourism country, meaning thousands of people each year with critical transplant needs pay $60,000 to $90,000 to receive their transplant.
“The number of transplants far exceeds the number of voluntary organ donations in the country,” the resolution states.
In doing so, those who receive the transplant, maybe “unwittingly engaging in murder in the form of forced organ harvesting,” says the resolution, which has as one of its goals to warn Texans not to participate in transplant tourism.
Shaheen, one of the lead sponsors of the recently released House resolution, recalled that he first became aware of the magnitude of the problem about three years ago. He said practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, one of the central targets of forced organ harvesting, approached him for help. Some of them had not heard from their detained relatives in years, the representative said.
Falun Gong, a spiritual practice centered on the values of truth, benevolence, and tolerance, became immensely popular in the 1990s. However, in July 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched an intensive nationwide crackdown designed to eradicate the spiritual practice while discovering a way to profit from prisoners through organ transplants, the resolution recounted.
“Freedom House reported in 2015 that Falun Gong practitioners are the primary victims of organ removal and face a heightened risk of death or death in custody,” it adds.
The resolution also recalls that on July 20, 2020, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced 21 years of persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP. He stated in a press release, “We call on the PRC government (CCP) to immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners, release those imprisoned due to their beliefs, such as Ma Zhenyu, and address the whereabouts of missing practitioners.”
On March 10, Republican and Democratic senators and representatives introduced in both chambers the “Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act,” a bill that seeks to identify and punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Chris Coons (D-Conn.) and Representatives Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the same proposal that was unsuccessful in December 2020 to combat the perverse practice of forced organ harvesting from living people in mainland China.
According to Bitter Winter, the bill was based on research and input from the China Tribunal, a British nonprofit founded in 2018 that conducted extensive research into allegations that the CCP killed prisoners of conscience to harvest their organs and sell them for transplants.