HARRISBURG, May 22, 2017 – State Sen. John Sabatina’s legislation to protect critical health services for individuals with special needs was unanimously approved in the Pennsylvania Senate today.
Senate Bill 108, “Paul’s Law,” would prohibit organ transplant organizations from discriminating against patients on the basis of physical, developmental or mental disability.
“There is a set of national standards for transplant candidacy, but some institutions consider other criteria, such as mental, developmental, and physical disabilities. This practice of denying patients of critical care because of subjective factors is inhumane and unacceptable,” said Sabatina (D-Philadelphia). “My legislation will end this discriminatory practice and ensure that patients have equal rights when being considered for a lifesaving transplant.”
The legislation was inspired by Paul Corby of Pottsville. Corby, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, was denied a life-preserving heart transplant by the University of Pennsylvania hospital in 2011.
The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.