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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
    2,830Stacy GaronzikMECHANICSBURG, Pennsylvania
    2,829Kathy SavinoYork, PA
    2,828William GibsonPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    2,827Joan WilsonNew Cumberland, Pennsylvania
    2,826Irene millsHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
    2,825Sandra AnglemyerBrodheadsville, Pa
    2,824Karen ConduragisNorton, Massachusetts
    2,823Katherine MastersSusquehanna, PA
    2,822nancy smithcollege station, Tx
    2,821matthew carothersrenfrew, pa
    2,820mary mckenrickStowe, PA
    2,819TIMOTHY WETZELPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
    2,818Jennifer ThumaDillsburg, Pennsylvania
    2,817Melissa DeStefanoPottstown, PA
    2,816Jennifer WetzelPhiladelphia, PA
    2,815kelsey mahoneybarto , PA
    2,814Alex moyerGilbertsville , PA
    2,813Claude ErbPottstown , Pa
    2,812Dory ErbPottstown, Pa
    2,811Corie ThumaDillsburg, PA
    2,810Dolores HimesBoyertown, Pennsylvania
    2,809Charles Phillips
    2,808Pam yanuskopottstown, pa
    2,807Renee ChristensenSouth Jordan, Utah
    2,806Matthew Brile