Warren lauds passage of Donate Life bill in House

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Perry Warren today voted in favor of a bill today that would make it easier for patients on donor lists to find organ donations.

Senate Bill 180, which would create the Donate Life PA Act, passed the House unanimously and will head to the governor’s office, where it is expected to be signed.

The new act will provide for education to increase awareness of organ donation, institute best clinical practices for organ donations and seek to increase the number of organs available for donation.

“More than 8,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in Pennsylvania and this bill will help their needs be better met,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Thousands more are in need of tissue transplants and this legislation will help them, as well.

“We are a donor family. Our son, Peter, died 20 years ago this month; he was 3 years old. He was an organ donor. It is hard to express how meaningful it was for me and my family that this bill passed with my vote and support in my first term in the House, and at the 20th anniversary of our loss of Peter.  

“My family is grateful for the compassionate support from Gift of Life when we were first grieving the sudden loss of our son. While we were on the sad side of organ donation then, we are grateful for the additional gift of life that organ donation gives, and I am pleased to be in a position to pass the bill that has been six years in the making." 

Warren’s sister-in-law was the recipient of a kidney from a living donor, and he said that donation gave her an additional decade of life. She died in December 2015.

In related news, Warren last week presented a citation to Bill Soloway for representing Team Philadelphia and Lower Makefield Township at the 2018 Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City. Soloway, a heart transplant recipient, won a gold and three bronze medals, in events ranging from cycling to badminton. Soloway also is a champion advocate for the Gift of Life Donor Program.