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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
    3,050Diane BrennanBiglerville, PA
    3,049Christopher SchimpfWilmington, DE
    3,048Susan Christoff
    3,047Debra BrewerGardners, Pennsylvania
    3,046Andrea Hageter
    3,045JUDY BERKHEISERwilliamsport, Pennsylvania
    3,044Michelle MariPhiladelphia, PA
    3,043Nicole kolbWarren, nj
    3,042Jenelle GrodyThree Oaks, Michigan
    3,041Tammy KingWashington, Pennsylvania
    3,040Erin GreydanusNazareth, PA
    3,039Brynn Marksmedia, pa
    3,038Steven BrewerDuncannon, Pennsylvania
    3,037Courtney HaganProspect Park, PA
    3,036Michelle McIntyre-BrewerDuncannon, Pennsylvania
    3,035Stacy WhiteDuncannon, Pennsylvania
    3,034Elizabeth Zboinski bellflower , ca
    3,033Jen MorganCuyahoga Falls, OH
    3,032Melissa Skidmore Montrose, West Virginia
    3,031Melissa SkidmoreMontrose, West Virginia
    3,030Amanda KlineElliottsburg, pa
    3,029Marion DerrBreinigsville, Pa
    3,028Samantha Mimlitsch Wind gap , Pa
    3,027Brittany RushNew Jersey