Senate Passes Senator Greenleaf’s Donate Life PA Act

Harrisburg – Today, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s SB 850, legislation to help increase organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania.

SB 850 would create a public education program to encourage more organ donation including programs in secondary schools, medical schools, and nursing schools.  The bill would update Pennsylvania’s current law to reflect the best clinical practices to support anatomical donations for transplants.

Over 8,000 patients are currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant in Pennsylvania and thousands more would benefit from life enhancing tissue transplants.

In November of last year, supporters gathered for a news conference in Harrisburg:

“We need to start treating this as a serious public health crisis,” said Senator Greenleaf.  “Every day more people are added to the list of those in critical need of a lifesaving organ.  This legislation would help to educate the public about the importance of organ donation, and through the implementation of best clinical practices, would maximize the number of organs available for transplant.”

SB 850 now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.


Eric Pauley