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Re: “Bodies of Evidence

The fact that there is a direct pipeline for dead bodies from Dalian China straight to the heart of our communities with NO regulation is OUTRAGEOUS. Thank goodness for Representative Fleck being willing to put himself on the line for decency. The Pittsburgh Diocese should be ashamed of themselves. The Kansas City Archdiocese just spoke out about the exhibits in the last days Prisoners to be executed often sign consent forms donating their bodies for medical and educational purposes. Such consent by condemned prisoners or their families is likely dubious according to former Assistant Secretary of State Michael E. Parmly. In 2001 testimony to the U.S. Congress he said: "The lack of meaningful consent further compounds our concerns about this practice. According to Article 3 of China's Provisional Regulations on the Use of Executed Prisoners' Corpses or Organs (1984), a corpse may be used for medical purposes if nobody claims the body or the family refuses to bury it; the prisoner voluntarily donates the body for use by medical facilities; or the inmate's family consents to its use after death. The first category opens the door to abuse because families are often not notified of impending executions or are too far away or unable financially to make the trip to claim a relative's body. Accepting this outrage is not the Pittsburgh I know. Let's shut this show DOWN. (town hall tonight on WQED. Harry Wu and Dr. Todd Olson on KDKA radio 4pm Sunday)

Posted by sdr256 on 02/28/2008 at 4:56 PM

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