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I have been following the whole gay organ donation thing for awhile now and been in correspondence with Health Canada, particularily around the donation rules. I recently wrote them concerning the donation rules and the prison population. The rule is that anyone incarcerated for more than 72 hours in the past 12 months is not eligible to donate. It was introduced because the behavior amoung the inmate populaltion puts them at risk. Initially I took it to be an indication of inmate rape, however there are other determinants such as jailhouse tattoos and close living quarters that contribute to the increased risk.
This is a good thing because it protects inmates, who one could argue are some are the most vulnerable in society. It protects them from illegal and immoral organ retrieval. China engages in this activity as acknowledged by the US State department. While China collects the organs from executeed prisoners, it is done so without the consent of the prisoners, or their families. For those readers who think at least something good from the criminals, keep in mind that the death penalty is dealt for crimes as minor as tax evasion, corruption and racketeering.
In December 2005, after many years of denial, China’s Deputy Health Minister acknowledged that the practice of removing organs from executed prisoners for transplant was widespread, and promised steps would be taken to prevent abuse.
(Thomas Lum, Congressional Research Report #RL33437, Congressional Research Service, August 11 2006 )
It seems though that organ harvesting also preys on the poor. Recently in news are reports of a Amit Kumar, dubbed “Dr. Horror” who has been harvesting the kidneys from poor labourers in India. Apparently, he tricks them with the promise of a job, injects them with a sedative at gunpoint, collects the organs and sells them to wealthy recipients. He also has strong ties to Canada and a $600,000 house in Brampton.
So if we look at the extremes people are willing to go through, that they feel the pressure to kill and steal for organs, why create roadblocks for the organs of gay donors?