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China: Doctors Agree Not to
Take Organs From Prisoners

October 6, 2007

Chinese medical officials agreed not to transplant organs from prisoners, except for members of their immediate families. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the World Medical Association in Copenhagen. China has acknowledged that kidneys, livers, corneas and other organs are routinely removed with consent from prisoners sentenced to death row. Critics argue that death-row prisoners are not truly free to consent and may feel compelled to become donors, violating personal, religious or cultural beliefs. The announcement followed several years of discussions between the World Medical Association and the Chinese Medical Association.

From The New York Times

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