Biden Admin Needs to Be ‘Much More Active’ in Opposing China’s Forced Organ Harvesting: Rep. Chabot

The Biden administration needs to be “much more outspoken, much more active” in opposing the “barbaric” forced organ harvesting that the Chinese regime has industrialized to kill and profit off innocents, according to Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).“This is probably one of the most heinous barbaric practices that’s occurring on the earth today. It really sounds like a horror movie in many ways. The difference, of course, is this is real,” he told “Capitol Report,” a program on The Epoch Times’ sister media NTD. An untold number of prisoners of conscience have died under the communist regime’s state-sanctioned system of forced organ harvesting. According to a 2019 finding by an independent panel, the atrocity has targeted primarily the adherents of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that consists of meditative exercises and moral teachings centered on the tenets, truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The disicpline had surged in popularity in the 1990s with up to 100 million practicing by the end of the decade. Perceiving this to be threat, the Chinese Communist Party launched a persecution campaign intending to snuff out the practice and its adherents—an effort that has been on foot for more than 22 years. The 2019 panel known as the China Tribunal found, beyond reasonable doubt, that the Chinese regime had for years been harvesting the organs of prisoners of conscience on a significant scale for the transplant market, with no evidence showing that the practice has stopped. The tribunal determined that this constituted crimes against humanity. China’s industrialization of this grisly practice could be bringing in up to $1 billion a year, Chabot said. Meanwhile, Chinese communist leadership could also tap into this vast organ pool to boost their health and prolong their own lives, he added. “We could pass strong legislation, we need to do that. But the world really needs to get up in arms about this,” said Chabot, who has co-sponsored the Falun Gong Protection Act and the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act of 2021. Both bills aim to seek accountability for the abuse. “Our own government needs to do this,” he continued. “And I would urge the Biden administration to be much more outspoken, much more active in opposition to this than they have been thus far.” For the United States, “one of the weapons in our arsenal” is to reconsider normal diplomatic relations with China, Chabot said. “This practice is, it’s not only inhumane, it’s hard to fathom that in the year 2022, that this is still going on—innocent people involuntarily being murdered and having their organs harvested. It’s an outrage,” he said. “And China likes to get out there and thump their chest and act like they’re a leader.” Falun Gong practitioners take part in a parade marking the 30th anniversary of the spiritual discipline’s introduction to the public, in New York on May 13, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Since the 2019 tribunal ruling, international condemnation of Beijing’s forced organ harvesting has been steadily growing. The European Parliament earlier this month adopted a resolution to condemn the practice, saying it “may amount to crimes against humanity.” In April, a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation found that dozens of Chinese-language publications had inadvertently revealed that lung and heart removals were conducted without conducting the requisite test for brain death—meaning that donors were likely killed in the process of organ removal. The congressman emphasized that the United States should be working with allies to put pressure on China in relation to this issue. “We ought to be working on this together now. Many of us have important trade relations with China. And unfortunately, sometimes I think that obscures people’s humanity and and the right point of view, that is to call out this and do everything within our power to stop such a horrendous practice,” he said. “We shouldn’t let earning money get in the way of defending human rights.” The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House and the State Department for comment. China Reporter Follow Eva Fu is a New York-based writer for The Epoch Times focusing on U.S.-China relations, religious freedom, and human rights. Contact Eva at [email protected] Follow Steve Lance is the host of Capitol Report, a political news show based in Washington aimed at providing a direct channel to the voices and people who shape policy in America. Capitol Report features all of the political news of the day with expert interviews and analysis.

Biden Admin Needs to Be ‘Much More Active’ in Opposing China’s Forced Organ Harvesting: Rep. Chabot

The Biden administration needs to be “much more outspoken, much more active” in opposing the “barbaric” forced organ harvesting that the Chinese regime has industrialized to kill and profit off innocents, according to Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).

“This is probably one of the most heinous barbaric practices that’s occurring on the earth today. It really sounds like a horror movie in many ways. The difference, of course, is this is real,” he told “Capitol Report,” a program on The Epoch Times’ sister media NTD.

An untold number of prisoners of conscience have died under the communist regime’s state-sanctioned system of forced organ harvesting.

According to a 2019 finding by an independent panel, the atrocity has targeted primarily the adherents of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that consists of meditative exercises and moral teachings centered on the tenets, truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The disicpline had surged in popularity in the 1990s with up to 100 million practicing by the end of the decade. Perceiving this to be threat, the Chinese Communist Party launched a persecution campaign intending to snuff out the practice and its adherents—an effort that has been on foot for more than 22 years.

The 2019 panel known as the China Tribunal found, beyond reasonable doubt, that the Chinese regime had for years been harvesting the organs of prisoners of conscience on a significant scale for the transplant market, with no evidence showing that the practice has stopped. The tribunal determined that this constituted crimes against humanity.

China’s industrialization of this grisly practice could be bringing in up to $1 billion a year, Chabot said. Meanwhile, Chinese communist leadership could also tap into this vast organ pool to boost their health and prolong their own lives, he added.

“We could pass strong legislation, we need to do that. But the world really needs to get up in arms about this,” said Chabot, who has co-sponsored the Falun Gong Protection Act and the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act of 2021. Both bills aim to seek accountability for the abuse.

“Our own government needs to do this,” he continued. “And I would urge the Biden administration to be much more outspoken, much more active in opposition to this than they have been thus far.”

For the United States, “one of the weapons in our arsenal” is to reconsider normal diplomatic relations with China, Chabot said.

“This practice is, it’s not only inhumane, it’s hard to fathom that in the year 2022, that this is still going on—innocent people involuntarily being murdered and having their organs harvested. It’s an outrage,” he said. “And China likes to get out there and thump their chest and act like they’re a leader.”

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Falun Gong practitioners take part in a parade marking the 30th anniversary of the spiritual discipline’s introduction to the public, in New York on May 13, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Since the 2019 tribunal ruling, international condemnation of Beijing’s forced organ harvesting has been steadily growing. The European Parliament earlier this month adopted a resolution to condemn the practice, saying it “may amount to crimes against humanity.”

In April, a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation found that dozens of Chinese-language publications had inadvertently revealed that lung and heart removals were conducted without conducting the requisite test for brain death—meaning that donors were likely killed in the process of organ removal.

The congressman emphasized that the United States should be working with allies to put pressure on China in relation to this issue.

“We ought to be working on this together now. Many of us have important trade relations with China. And unfortunately, sometimes I think that obscures people’s humanity and and the right point of view, that is to call out this and do everything within our power to stop such a horrendous practice,” he said.

“We shouldn’t let earning money get in the way of defending human rights.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House and the State Department for comment.


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Steve Lance is the host of Capitol Report, a political news show based in Washington aimed at providing a direct channel to the voices and people who shape policy in America. Capitol Report features all of the political news of the day with expert interviews and analysis.