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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
    1,885Christine SummersPhila, Pa
    1,884Paul Farnan
    1,883Erica DabosePhiladelphia, Pa
    1,882Colleen ScollonEast berlin, Pa
    1,881Kisha Johnson
    1,880Taylor Karl
    1,879Caroline Carney
    1,878Ian Drain
    1,877Sarah ZuluetaPhiladelphia, Pa
    1,876Kelly Mistry
    1,875Maureen Wade
    1,874Thomson Weir
    1,873William GlickmanConshohocken, Pa
    1,872Karen RecordBlue bell, Pa
    1,871Denise HousemanPhiladelphia, Pa
    1,870Colleen Ciullo
    1,869Amy Souders
    1,868Justin Souders
    1,867Kaitlin FayPhiladelphia, PA
    1,866Mason Hess
    1,865Katie Hess
    1,864Sonya HessEaston, Pa
    1,863Max PlanteGaithersburg, Maryland
    1,862Pam Penn
    1,861Mary Maniglia