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BOS condemns harvest

BOS condemns harvest

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Last month, Madison County Supervisors signed a resolution condemning forced organ harvesting.

The resolution was spurred by the public comments of three Northern Virginia women at a previous board meeting. They explained in China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will jail people of the Falun Gong faith (a holistic practice rooted in spirituality) and then “shop” them for organs. Many American citizens in need of organ transplants travel to China for this practice since it is cheaper and quicker than receiving an organ in the U.S.

Tiny Tang, formerly of China and now a resident of Fairfax, explained that millions of Chinese people have been arrested and tortured for telling people about Falun Gong with the CCP going so far as to execute practitioners and sell their organs. Tang’s mother, who has now passed, was arrested six times in China due to Falun Gong persecution. She was denied a passport and could not travel to the U.S. to visit her daughter.

Ling Faun, formerly of Vietnam, but now a resident of Prince William County, said the issue of forced organ harvesting should concern Madison County residents because members of the community in need of an organ transplant may opt to travel to China unaware of the CCP’s organ harvesting activities.

“Can you imagine finding out after the fact that your new organ was taken from a person who had been imprisoned for his/her religious beliefs and then executed just so the CCP could provide you with his/her organ?” she asked.

During the March 23 board meeting, three more spoke in favor of the resolution. Cindy Shao introduced Ms. Ma Chunmei, a Virginia resident who survived persecution in China. Shao said Chunmei was subjected to a variety of medical examinations during her imprisonment, realizing only later that they were the same type of exams used to determine organ compatibility. Shao said Chunmei survived, but her 12 fellow inmates died.

Jim Giragosian asked that Madison’s resolution specifically identify the CCP as the perpetrator of the forced organ harvesting.

Supervisors opted to keep the resolution more general, applying to forced organ harvesting everywhere, not just in China.

“I can’t imagine there are not targets all over the world for this,” board of supervisors chairman Clay Jackson said.

“It’s widespread enough that it covers any area where this is occurring,” supervisor Carty Yowell added.

Supervisors agreed that the practice of forced organ harvesting is terrible, stating it’s absolutely appalling. The resolution condemning forced organ harvesting was approved unanimously.

Madison County joins Shenandoah, Frederick, Prince William, Warren, Fauquier, Fairfax and Loudoun counties which have all passed similar resolutions.

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