Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 3694

Does the U.S. Need to Revoke Organ Traffickers’ Passports and Freeze Their Assets?

Argument in favor

The U.S. government should take whatever steps it can to combat international organ trafficking, including freezing the assets of perpetrators or revoking their passport.

BTSundra's Opinion
···
06/13/2016
We should not continue to endorse gruesome murder of other countries' citizens.
Like (12)
Follow
Share
Alis's Opinion
···
06/13/2016
Good grief! Why wasn't this done YEARS AGO? What do you do in your copious spare time (when you aren't engaged in interfering in the personal lives of American citizens?) You haven't addressed immigration, you refuse to deal with assault weapons in the hands of terrorists--no matter how many children, movie goers, college kids or night club goers are killed, you refuse to even be informed about climate change! So what the hell are you doing??? Besides telling women they too stupid & immoral to make personal medical decisions or telling citizens who they can marry or allowing known terrorists to buy assault-type weapons? Does it really take every minute of your day to line your pockets with NRA & petroleum industry money? Do this. DO SOMETHING BESIDES MAKING THE U.S. UNLIVABLE!!!
Like (7)
Follow
Share
jrs333's Opinion
···
09/20/2016
Because organ trafficking too often involves the death of the donor. We should do what we can to stop this horrible crime.
Like (4)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Giving the federal government these tools to stop organ trafficking won’t do much to change the status quo. Congress should either do more or not bother.

Jim2423's Opinion
···
06/13/2016
I vote No on this because your bill has no teeth. You can not turn your cheek on issues like this. You can give this bill to a do nothing congress. If you want this and similar other bills like this, make it worth law enforcements efforts in capturing and the judicial efforts in punishing them. But you can rape a girl and spend 3 months in prison and still get a pardon before it is over. No no teeth in this bill.
Like (5)
Follow
Share
operaman's Opinion
···
06/13/2016
If I needed a kidney and could afford to purchase one, I may too may be looking for a donor. Wealth unfortunately does allow privilege. Always has, always will. Markets creates jobs and pay checks whether a kidney or the latest electronics. Gota have a seller to have a buyer for complete a transaction.
Like (2)
Follow
Share
Leon's Opinion
···
06/13/2016
This is just another attempt to broaden the state department's powers. Anyone convicted of these crimes and all felonies can already have their passport revoked.
Like
Follow
Share

What is House Bill H.R. 3694?

This bill would attempt to combat international organ trafficking by reforming trafficking law and giving both the State Department and the president the ability to revoke the passports or otherwise sanction known traffickers.

The State Department would be able to prevent a passport from being issued to a person convicted of trafficking in human organs that crossed international borders in committing that crime. It would also have the ability to revoke the passport of such an individual if one had already been issued.

The president would be able to sanction a U.S. citizen travelling overseas to traffic organs under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act if the citizen participates in activity related to human organ trafficking.

Additionally, Congress offers the following statements on the topic of international organ trafficking in the bill’s text:

  • Kidnapping or coercing a person to extract their organs and sell them for profit is in direct opposition to the standards for ethical behavior upon which U.S. law is based;

  • Harvesting organs from living children is a violation of human rights and breaches internationally accepted medical ethical standards;

  • Illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

  • Creating efficient national organ donation systems that have safeguards to ensure organ donations are voluntary is the most effective way to combat organ trafficking.

Impact

Organ traffickers; the State Department; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3694

$7.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $7 million over the 2017-2021 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) introduced this bill to combat international organ trafficking by criminal organizations:

“The illegal trafficking of human organs is a tragic and terrible crime. Groups like ISIS use this brutal practice to fund their activities and strike fear in the hearts of innocent people. That’s why it’s critical that America takes a leading role in combating these atrocities and preventing more people from falling victim to these terrible crimes.”

This legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee with unanimous consent. It has the support of 11 cosponsors, including eight Republicans and three Democrats.


Of Note: It has been estimated by the World Health Organization that about 10 percent of the organs transplanted in 2010 were obtained through the black market, or about 11,000 organs.



Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user informatique)

AKA

STOP Organ Trafficking Act

Official Title

To combat trafficking in human organs, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed June 13th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
    IntroducedOctober 6th, 2015

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!
    We should not continue to endorse gruesome murder of other countries' citizens.
    Like (12)
    Follow
    Share
    I vote No on this because your bill has no teeth. You can not turn your cheek on issues like this. You can give this bill to a do nothing congress. If you want this and similar other bills like this, make it worth law enforcements efforts in capturing and the judicial efforts in punishing them. But you can rape a girl and spend 3 months in prison and still get a pardon before it is over. No no teeth in this bill.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Good grief! Why wasn't this done YEARS AGO? What do you do in your copious spare time (when you aren't engaged in interfering in the personal lives of American citizens?) You haven't addressed immigration, you refuse to deal with assault weapons in the hands of terrorists--no matter how many children, movie goers, college kids or night club goers are killed, you refuse to even be informed about climate change! So what the hell are you doing??? Besides telling women they too stupid & immoral to make personal medical decisions or telling citizens who they can marry or allowing known terrorists to buy assault-type weapons? Does it really take every minute of your day to line your pockets with NRA & petroleum industry money? Do this. DO SOMETHING BESIDES MAKING THE U.S. UNLIVABLE!!!
    Like (7)
    Follow
    Share
    Because organ trafficking too often involves the death of the donor. We should do what we can to stop this horrible crime.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    If I needed a kidney and could afford to purchase one, I may too may be looking for a donor. Wealth unfortunately does allow privilege. Always has, always will. Markets creates jobs and pay checks whether a kidney or the latest electronics. Gota have a seller to have a buyer for complete a transaction.
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    Yet another "no duh Sherlock". Now I'm just debating whether these people finished high school.
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    It's a good first step.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    We should do whatever we can to stop this practice.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    I don't know what this will do to stop organ traffickers. However, I do think that this should be a stranded punishment for them in addition to jail.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    These traffickers are nothing more than barbarians making a big profit from their grisly activities. Shutting down their passports and limiting their travel is a small step to impede this criminal activity.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Don't let these people free after murdering others.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    No! Waste of time legislation.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Same as they do with human traffickers the only reason they haven't is most of the recipients are rich old republicans
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    This is a despicable racket that preys on the weak and desperate. They are scum. Keep 'em out!
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Freeze them while your at it.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Since it seems that people no longer respect basic common decency, we must legislate it
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Gonna go ahead and call out @Operaman directly on this one: do you realize sir, that in many if not the majority cases, the "seller" to whom you refer is kidnapping and murdering people in order to supply the demand of buyers on the market such as yourself? If there's ever a violent revolution in this country, it's comments like yours that people will point to as a major reason for it. Just because you can afford it doesn't mean you get to hire people to kill folks and steal their organs for you.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Many of these people are cut throat murders. Very good control needs to to be exercised in the collection of human organs to protect not only the potential donator, but the recipient against criminal activity.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    We must do whatever we can to discourage trafficking in organs. This may only be a first step but it is a means of discouraging it that can show other countries we stand firmly against the practice.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Duh!
    Like
    Follow
    Share
    MORE