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Paul's Law

Paul's Law [SB108], introduced by Senator John Sabatina and a long list of bipartisan co-sponsors, would ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against for organ transplants. The bill is named for Paul Corby, an autistic man from Schuylkill County, who has left ventricular noncompaction, which means his heart is less able to pump blood. Paul was initially not considered a candidate for a heart transplant because he is autistic. Like Paul, many people with disabilities are often denied life-saving organ transplants merely because of their disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits this discrimination, but little has been done to enforce the federal law. 

During the 2015-2016 session, Paul's Law passed the PA House unanimously, but did not come up for vote in the Senate because of timing. Senator Sabatina reintroduced the bill, which has now passed the Senate and is sitting in the House judiciary committee.