China to phase out use of prisoners' organs for transplants
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will start phasing out its decades-long practice of using the organs of executed prisoners for transplant operations from November, a senior official said on Thursday, as it pushes to mandate the use of organs from ethical sources in hospitals.
China remains the only country in the world that still systematically uses organs extracted from executed prisoners in transplant operations, a practice that has drawn widespread international criticism.
Many Chinese view the practice as a way for criminals to redeem themselves.
But officials have recently spoken out against the practice of harvesting organs from dead inmates, saying it "tarnishes the image of China".