First let me welcome Mr. Smith back to this debate and say that I hope he enjoyed his time away, and that I look forward to continuing the challenge
of facing Mr. Smithís refreshed and sharpened wits.
While it's true that the death penalty itself is not the topic of this debate, neither can it be ignored. Not only does a plan to harvest the organs
of executed prisoners imply acceptance of the death penalty, but implementation of such a plan would force us to abandon our current methods of
ďhumaneĒ execution. Poison gas, electrocution and lethal injection all destroy the very organs to be harvested.
I'm puzzled that Mr. Smith argues that we should not even attempt to create an ethical society. If we have no regard for ethics, what value can we
place on saving human life? This argument is an ethical argument, there can be no doubt.
In considering the effect this idea could have on our society, we should look at a society that does harvest organs from executed criminals. China.
China's organ trade
Even setting aside the horror of the actual process, these articles demonstrate the following:
1) The harvesting of organs plays a role in the legal process that leads to the convictions and executions of prisoners. Judges and court officials
assure rapid prosecution of accused criminals as well as rapid turn over of appeals to insure that a prisoner will be executed at the optimal time to
harvest the organs. In some cases, itís even been reported that accused criminals have been arrested, tried, and executed within only a few days.
2) While China is a world leader in the number of transplant operations performed, they have no system for voluntary organ donation
. There is
no registry program, no education of the public for the need for organ transplants, virtually no effort is made to secure organs for transplant
from executed prisoners. Why? Because their demand is satisfied through execution, yet the demand for more organs and the cash it
brings in from foreign countries puts pressure on China to execute more people.
3) The priority system that favors high ranking government officials, military officers and wealthy foreigners over common Chinese citizens has made
reality the fear I described in my earlier post, where the elite of Chinese society has become ghouls who consume the organs of their most
Itís no coincidence that the only country in the world that allows the taking of organs from executed prisoners is also one of the most brutal and
oppressive regimes of this century. Yet even China takes pains to hide this activity from the outside world.
Is this the society we want to emulate?