86R11759 GM-F
  By: Paxton S.R. No. 627
         WHEREAS, Extensive and credible reports have revealed the
  systematic, state-sanctioned harvesting of organs from prisoners
  of conscience in the People's Republic of China; and
         WHEREAS, An article in the Wall Street Journal on February 5,
  2019, entitled "The Nightmare of Human Organ Harvesting in China"
  states that an independent tribunal led by Sir Geoffrey Nice, who
  prosecuted Slobodan Milosevic, concluded in December of 2018 that
  "in China, forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has
  been practiced for a substantial period of time, involving a very
  substantial number of victims"; and
         WHEREAS, These reports describe a large-scale,
  state-directed organ transplant system, and Falun Gong
  practitioners in custody face the greatest risk of being killed for
  their organs; and
         WHEREAS, Involving meditative exercises and centered on the
  values of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, the spiritual
  practice of Falun Gong gained many followers in China in the 1990s;
  in 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched an intensive
  nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice, and this persecution
  resulted in the detainment of hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong
  practitioners in Chinese reeducation-through-labor camps,
  detention centers, and prisons; and
         WHEREAS, A 2015 Freedom House report found that Falun Gong
  practitioners comprise the largest portion of prisoners of
  conscience in China and face an elevated risk of dying or being
  killed in custody; and
         WHEREAS, China's organ transplant system abounds with
  evidence of misconduct; for example, Chinese custom requires bodies
  to be preserved intact after death, making voluntary organ donation
  rare; however, China's transplant industry has increased
  significantly since 2000; similarly, wait times for emergency liver
  transplants in China are quoted in days or hours, and the wait times
  for nonemergency liver transplants are quoted in weeks; most
  patients in other countries wait years for a liver transplant; and
         WHEREAS, While refusing to acknowledge the harvesting of
  organs from prisoners of conscience, the Chinese government has
  acknowledged the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners; and
         WHEREAS, China's unethical and illegal organ procurement
  practices do not comply with the World Health Organization's
  guidelines for organ procurement, and those who travel to China for
  organ transplants should be aware that organs have been harvested
  from prisoners of conscience; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Penal Code Title 10, Section 48.02,
  prohibits the purchase and sale of human organs, but unfortunately
  there are no laws protecting those who unwittingly turn to China's
  criminal medical tourism to save their lives; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 86th Texas Legislature
  hereby condemn the systematic, state-sanctioned harvesting of
  organs from prisoners of conscience in the People's Republic of