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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:13 AM

China to end organ donations from executed prisoners

Source: BBC

China has pledged to end the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners within the next five years, state media report.

Officials say the country would instead rely on a new national donation system for organ transplants.

Prisoners account for two thirds of China's transplant organs, according to previous estimates from state media.

Human rights groups say death row inmates are pressured to donate organs - China denies such allegations.



Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17485103



Wow, tight schedule ... hope they can make it.

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eppur_se_muova Mar 2012 OP
Lasher Mar 2012 #1
JustABozoOnThisBus Mar 2012 #2
SWTORFanatic Mar 2012 #3
Ian David Mar 2012 #5
CBGLuthier Mar 2012 #7
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #9
radhika Mar 2012 #4
tmy236 Mar 2012 #6
Nanjing03 Mar 2012 #8

Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:21 AM

1. Wonder if they'll still send the prisoner's family a bill for the bullet to the head.

That seems more brutal than using organs for transplant.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:23 AM

2. Yes, it may be a tight schedule

I'm sure they have a backlog of outstanding orders that have to be filled first.

First, they have to complete the testing of political prisoners for tissue match.

It's not easy. Even if the practice is ended, there will need to be exceptions, for party officials and other well-connected folks.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:30 AM

3. I don't get it. If they're executing the people anyway I don't see

why they wouldn't use the organs.

On the other hand, I don't believe in the death penalty - but yet I still don't see why not use the organs since people do need them.

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Response to SWTORFanatic (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:53 AM

5. Have you ever read any of Larry Niven's stories?

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Response to Ian David (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:42 PM

7. Can't help but think of those stories in these matters

I liked the short story in his universe where the guy was facing the DP and organ harvesting because of too many traffic tickets.

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Response to SWTORFanatic (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:13 PM

9. It creates an incentive for executing people.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:45 AM

4. Sounds like China thinks they can clone organs in 5 years...

If they had moral compunctions, they'd stop now.

Five years? Sounds like a project plan.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 09:20 AM

6. Not popular with prisoners

What guarentee do prisoners now have that the execution will be a nice, clean kill? Now the executioner may just come in drunk, and make a complete pig's breakfast of it.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:07 PM

8. Executioners Work is Never Done

I guess China ran out of political prisoners ... or freezer space for all of those donated organs. Maybe now they can clean that pistol before the next roundup of political prisoners that are sure to materialize.

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