Today, Senator Greenleaf launched a new website, SenatorGreenleaf.com/organ-donation, to raise support for his legislation to increase organ donations in Pennsylvania.
The Donate Life PA Act, currently SB 180, would help increase organ and tissue donation in the state through increased education on the critical need for organs and removing current barriers that prevent many potential organs from being procured. SB 180 is currently in the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee.
The site features stories of several Pennsylvanians who have received anatomical gifts and how organ donation has saved their lives or those of their children.
“I look at this legislation as a fight to save lives,” said the Senator. “Every day people that we can save are dying because we have an outdated statute that allows viable organs to go unused.”
Pennsylvania is experiencing a health crisis because of a lack of organ donations. Someone dies every 18 hours in Pennsylvania waiting for an organ transplant. About 490 people die each year in the Commonwealth waiting for organs. More than 8,000 people are currently wait for a life-saving organ transplant in PA.
“We have been working to pass this legislation for over four years now,” said Senator Greenleaf. “The new website will provide another point of contact and central information hub for everything regarding SB 180. If we are going to get this legislation passed, we need to educate and engage the public to rally the support of their legislators to bring urgency to this issue.”
The website includes an easy-to-use tool to help people contact their state legislator to ask that they support SB 180.
Contact: Aaron Zappia (215) 657-7700