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Pennsylvania lawmakers consider changes to organ donations

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 13 2014 01:28:55 PM CDT
Doctors in hospital operating room
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

An effort to update Pennsylvania's organ donation law is raising concerns from state prosecutors and coroners about potential changes to the process by which body parts are obtained for transplantation.

A House legislative panel on Tuesday heard from supporters of the proposal, who said the changes incorporate practices currently being used in most other states.

They said the bill would make it less common for usable organs to be wasted and therefore save more lives.

The district attorneys' and coroners' associations said they're worried the proposal could interfere with their responsibility to investigate deaths.

About 8,500 people are on the state's organ transplant waiting list. In recent years, there have been about 1,300 transplants annually in Pennsylvania, while about 400 people on the waiting list die every year.