To the Journal editor:
I am very grateful to many Northern Michigan University students, faculty, staff and community members for signing a petition during the Fall Fest and on other occasions to help stop forced organ harvesting from living people in China.
This petition urges Congress members to take the right stand and support House Resolution 281 to help save lives.
House Resolution 281 was introduced by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., with 123 co-sponsors as of now. It expresses "concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience" in China.
Victims of this atrocity include Tibetans, Uighurs, house church Christians and Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) practitioners. Falun Dafa is a spiritual discipline based on truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance which has brought better health and inner peace to millions around the world. Its practitioners constitute the largest group of prisoners of conscience in China.
Evidence given by medical doctors in two congressional hearings on Sept. 12 and Dec. 18, 2012, including statistics from Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (www.dafoh.org/), provides key facts.
First, for kidney or liver transplants, the waiting time is approximately 2-3 years in the U.S., in contrast to 1-4 weeks in China.
Second, there is no effective organ donation system in China. Due to traditional belief, most Chinese people prefer keeping the body intact after death.
Third, China's organ transplant industry boomed after the year 2000. According to the book titled, "Bloody Harvest - The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs," written by David Matas, esq., a respected international human rights lawyer and Hon. David Kilgour, esq., Canada's previous secretary of state, Asia-Pacific, out of 60,000 organ transplants recorded between 2000 and 2005, the source of 41,500 organs was unexplained.
Fourth, many patients from the U.S. travel to China for organ transplants without information about the true source of the organs.
Moreover, hospitals and medical schools in the U.S. continue to provide training for Chinese doctors, without knowing how the technology has been abused in China for years. They risk becoming accomplices to this crime against humanity.
Three representatives from Michigan have co-sponsored House Resolution 281. I thank U.S. Reps Bill Huizenga, Gary Peters and Tim Walberg for co-sponsoring this resolution at www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres281.
Please encourage your representative to take the right stand and co-sponsor HR 281. You can help by signing the petition on stoporganharvesting.org .
Hsin-Ling Hsieh, Ph.D., Marquette