Harrisburg, March 14, 2018 – Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) said that he was encouraged that his “Paul’s Law legislation was approved by the state House Judiciary Committee and that it is one step closer to becoming law.  

“Paul’s Law would ensure that those with disabilities are treated fairly and respectfully, not discriminated against during the transplant process,” said Sabatina. “I am proud to see that this anti-discrimination legislation is moving closer to a floor vote in the House.”

Sabatina re-introduced the legislation last year after learning the story of Paul Corby, a young man from Pottsville who was denied a life preserving heart transplant in 2011 due to his Autism Spectrum Disorder.

While there is a recognized set of standards for transplant candidacy nationally, some medical institutions consider additional criteria relating to mental, developmental, and physical disability when examining a candidate for a transplant.

“Paul’s story really resonated with me,” Sabatina said. “I am urging my colleagues to join me in making sure that families are not faced with similar stories of discrimination and are able to receive the best medical treatment for their loved ones.”

States are starting to take notice of this unfair treatment, specifically in California and New Jersey where laws to end this kind of medical discrimination have also been proposed.

Sabatina noted that it is extremely unfortunate that patients with disabilities have not always received equal treatment opportunities.  His hope is that this legislation will finally eliminate these highly subjective factors from influencing medical treatment options.

Sabatina’s legislation (Senate Bill 108) was approved by the Senate unanimously last May.