COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced passage of legislation, House Bill 332, that prohibits discriminating against disabled individuals for the purpose of being placed on the organ and tissue transplant list.


“I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the Ohio House in making sure that disabled Ohioans have the same opportunity with transplant teams as all of our citizens,” said Rep. Anielski. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of all Ohioans.”


While various medical criteria, including the ability to follow a post-procedure regimen, must be considered in order to be placed on the transplant list, transplant teams are given their own discretion in deciding how to account for disabled individuals. It has resulted in an inherent bias against patients with intellectual disabilities because some medical professionals believe it would significantly reduce their quality of life, making it harder for them to recuperate after the surgery.


However, according to committee testimony from the director of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, Marc J. Tassé, studies show that individuals with an intellectual disability have the same survival rate as patients without a disability following a transplant surgery.


If enacted into law, Ohio would become the sixth state to approve such legislation, sending a message to Ohioans with disabilities that the state will not tolerate discrimination when it comes to needing an organ or tissue transplant.


House Bill 332 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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