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Senate:Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation

Senate Bill 792, Support

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public-policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses with territory in the state of Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  We offer this testimony in support of Senate Bill 792, which would prohibit discrimination in the organ donation process against individuals with disabilities who are otherwise medically able to accept the donation.

The Church firmly believes that every life is of equal value, and that the lives of those with disabilities deserve to be embraced and celebrated.  Senate Bill 792 ensures those with disabilities receive equitable treatment as any other patient when applying for an anatomical gift.  As Pope Francis reminds us, “In the light of faith and right reason, human life is always sacred and always ‘of quality.’ There is no human life that is more sacred than another — every human life is sacred — just as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another.” 

Senate Bill 792 is an important measure that enshrines this principle, and we urge a favorable report.