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Members of House and Senate Introduced Bill to Stop Forced Organ Harvesting in China

On December 16, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Congressmen Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) and Tom Suozzi (D-New York) jointly introduced the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act which aims to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience.

The Act mandates annual reporting on forced organ harvesting in foreign countries. This State Department reporting would identify foreign officials and entities responsible for forced organ harvesting. The Act sanctions foreign officials and entities that engage in or otherwise support forced organ harvesting and prohibits the export of organ transplant surgery devices to entities responsible for forced organ harvesting. It authorizes the U.S. government to deny or revoke passports for illegal organ purchasers.

In the statement Cotton, Smith and Suozzi issued, they stated that there is growing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has and continues to harvest organs from prisoners and members of Chinese religious groups. They called organ harvesting barbaric, inhumane and egregious. The Act will put an end this gruesome human rights abuse and the members of the CCP must be held accountable for it.

Source: Voice of America, December 18, 2020