Forced Organ Donation, Chinese-Style

In the Monty Python movie, The Meaning of Life, a man who signed an organ donor card is startled to find a pair of men knocking on his front door to harvest his liver. The fact the organ donor was not yet dead did not deter them and made for a scene that was hilarious — and rather gruesome. An article in the Weekly Standard describes the harvesting of organs from executed political prisoners in China:

[The surgeon] Enver worked fast, not bothering with clamps, cutting with his right hand, moving muscle and soft tissue aside with his left, slowing down only to make sure he excised the kidneys and liver cleanly. Even as Enver stitched the man back up—not internally, there was no point to that anymore, just so the body might look presentable—he sensed the man was still alive. I am a killer, Enver screamed inwardly. He did not dare to look at the face again, just as he imagined a killer would avoid looking at his victim.

…live organs had lower rejection rates in the new host, …the bullet to the chest had—other than that first sickening lurch—acted like some sort of magical anaesthesia. He had done what he could; he had stitched the body back neatly for the family.

In some cases a live prisoner was executed because his tissue matched a high ranking party official in need of an organ.

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  1. Brian says:

    In an authoritarian society, those goods that there are perpetual shortages of will sometimes be acquired through state actions that result in human rights abuses.

  2. Madeline says:


  3. Devon Herrick says:

    The article mostly discussed state policies from 15 to 20 years ago. But I wonder how much of this type of activity continues to this day.

  4. Anne Alice says:

    And, are we SURPRISED?

  5. Alex says:

    Is there a source for that final assertion about high-ranking party officials? I’d like to see it.

  6. Linda Gorman says:

    The article details how the information was obtained. It is difficult to read. Difficult like Conquest’s Harvest of Sorrow but, mercifully, much shorter.

    Should makes anyone with an imagination appreciate the cultural capital that some on the left seem to be intent on thoughtlessly discarding.

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