Last week, members of the Virginia General Assembly sent a sign-on letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as Virginia’s congressional delegation regarding religious persecution in China. The letter urges action and public education about state-sponsored organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.

The letter, penned by state Del. David Bulova (D) and supported by 49 signatories, gives voice to torture victims now residing in Virginia as a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice. One woman had been handcuffed and hung in extremely painful positions, subjected to electric shock and forced to labor 19 hours a day. Signatories from Loudoun include Sens. Barbara Favola (D), Jennifer Boysko (D) and John Bell (D) and Dels. Wendy Gooditis (D), Dave LaRock (R), Karrie Delaney (D) and Suhas Subramanyam (D).

This issue was also addressed in July of last year when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to inform county residents about transplant abuse in China, allowing patients to make more informed decisions before traveling abroad to get a transplant. And U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D) is one of 32 co-sponsors of the U.S. Senate Resolution 274, which condemns the practice of “non-consenting organ harvesting.”

The actions of Virginia officials are commendable. Holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for organ harvesting is not only the right thing to do, it safeguards public health.

Bin He

Herndon

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