Wolf to sign update of Pa. organ donation law

Lawmakers have grappled with the change for years.

Tony Romeo
October 11, 2018 - 8:50 am

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A spokesman says Gov. Tom Wolf will sign a bill on the way to his desk that will represent the first overhaul of Pennsylvania’s organ donation law in 25 years. 

Lawmakers have grappled for years with a comprehensive update of Pennsylvania’s organ donation law. Kerry Benninghoff is one of the members who played a key role in guiding that compromise through the House, which gave final approval to it Wednesday. 

"Part of it is striking a balance between making more organs available and respecting people’s own personal wishes," Benninghoff said.

Colleen Sullivan of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education says one key provision involves coroners, who have the right to deny organ donation, making that determination after meeting with health care professionals.

"Making sure that we have a full assessment that’s completed by the county coroner and health care professional through on-site meetings,” Sullivan said. 

Sullivan says in some states there are virtually no such denials of organ donation.