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Our Opinion: Thank you, on behalf of Chinese prisoners of conscience

Our Opinion: Thank you, on behalf of Chinese prisoners of conscience

June 5th, 2018 by Marianne Marti, California in Opinion

Dear Editor:

In the final hour of the 2018 legislative session, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 28 condemning the mass-killing of Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience for their organs by the Chinese communist regime.

Tears came to my eyes when I heard about the unanimous floor vote, thinking about what this resolution means to those who don't have a voice while suffering the threat of losing their lives every day in China, either to torture for standing up their beliefs or to forced organ removal for transplant to wealthy Chinese or foreigners who travel to China for organ transplants.

The former Chinese dictator's mandate to "completely eradicate" Falun Gong in 1999 seemed to be what paved the way for the organ harvesting crimes, as the number of organ transplants in China suddenly sky-rocketed at the start of the persecution.

While working to raise awareness almost since the persecution began in China 19 years ago, I have met many kindhearted Missourians who have been shocked and appalled by the communist regime's treatment of Falun Gong, a meditation practice that follows the principles of truthfulness, compassion, forbearance, but that had grown too popular for the regime's liking.

I wish to thank the Missouri people and our legislators for their genuine care. I'd especially like to thank my senator, Mike Kehoe, for his help and support of the resolution, which I believe will help save innocent lives.

Each person's care makes a difference. It is when we stop caring that we ourselves risk creating a terrible environment where something like forced organ harvesting can exist.