Is this what they mean by “Chinese takeout?”

April 19th, 2006

British transplant surgeons are accusing the Chinese of selling the organs of executed prisoners for use as transplants.

I wish I could say I’m surprised by this.

But I’m really only surprised that we haven’t started doing it here.

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  • 1. tee bee  |  April 19th, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    See, I’m big on organ donation, so I have a grave conflict with this issue – pun intended.

    You can’t take it with you, and who in society has forfeited a right to themselves – even when they’re no longer themselves – more than convicts?

    Selling the organs is another issue, but that has a lot to do with China’s general healthcare situation. Of course those organs should be used for their own countrymen. But they won’t be, unless your last name is Mao.

    Even though this frames it in terms of commerce, there are still lives being saved because of the organ donations. It’s typical anyway for rich people to pave the way in medical research, covering the gap between the advent of new procedures and cheaper ways to get them disseminated.

    At least they’re not using them for raw experimentation at home.

  • 2. Administrator  |  April 20th, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    I’m in favor of organ donation, too.

    But the key word is “donation.”

    Mandatory harvesting of organs for sale?

    Not so good.

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