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Why the Donate Life PA Act Matters

Enactment of the Donate Life PA Act is vitally important because it will increase the number of Pennsylvanians registering as organ donors and decrease the likelihood that organ donations will be denied over the wishes of the donor or their family. 

  1. The Donate Life Pa Act will save lives: Over the last 10 years, an average of 490 people died annually waiting for organs in Pennsylvania, an average of nine people each week.
  2. Today, there are more than 8,300 men, women and children across our Commonwealth waiting for organs.
  3. Each donor can provide life-saving organs to as many as eight people who need them.
  4. A recent Mayo clinic survey found that 61 percent of American adults would want their organs donated upon their death and more than 70 percent of adults in the leading states have registered as organ donors, yet only 45 percent of adult Pennsylvanians are registered donors.
  5. Pennsylvania ranks 33rd among the states in the percentage of its adults registering as donors.
  6. The Act will ensure that more life-saving organs are donated by increasing public education, strengthening oversight of organ donation, and ensuring that organ transplantation is a priority over other uses of organs.
  7. The Act protects donor and family rights by retaining the primary authority with the patient and the patient’s family and clarifying decision-making authority over donations.
  8. The Act strengthens regulatory oversight by ensuring that anatomical donations must be initially referred to a federally-designated and regulated organ procurement organization (OPO).
  9. The Act takes steps to urge cooperation among medical professionals, organ procurement organizations, coroners and medical examiners so that organ donations are not unnecessarily denied over the wishes of the donor or their family.
  10. HB 30 has been written to reflect the legitimate concerns of major stakeholder groups regarding specific provisions of this bill.
  • Latest Signatures

    Latest Signatures
    3,095Jeanne MarchiondoFairless Hills, Pennsylvania
    3,094Erin HudymaHolmes, Pa
    3,093Donna HungarterQuakertown, Pa
    3,092Faye SipeDallastown, Pa
    3,091Doreen GarnerWarminster, PA
    3,090Karen WaltersdorffNew Freedom, Pa.
    3,089Ashlee Dollnorristown, pa
    3,088lisa Donahue
    3,087Courtney SikoraPittsburgh , PA
    3,086Janet FarrellLansdake, Pennsylvania
    3,085Jane FrenchYardley, PA
    3,084Meghan Hutson
    3,083William Kitcherman IIIWhitehall, Pa
    3,082Rose ZeppHanover, Pennsylvania
    3,081Phyllis DanielsPensacola, FL
    3,080Shane RohrbaughSeven valleys, Pa
    3,079Mary MartinezTroy, VA
    3,078Edy IsraelWarrington, Pa
    3,077Brittany RushUpper Township, New Jersey
    3,076Joe BrysonAdairsville, GA
    3,075Lauren LangePhiladelphai, PA
    3,074Betsy SmithYork, PA
    3,073Mysti HarrisRed Bank, TN
    3,072Helene OuimetPhoenixville , PA
    3,071Mark Emhartsouthampton, Pennsylvania