Friday, March 9, 2012

N.J. Panel OK's Bill Preventing Discrimination


TRENTON, N.J. — The Senate health committee Thursday unanimously approved a bill that penalizes any New Jersey hospital for denying people organ transplants solely because they have an intellectual or developmental disability.
The bill was swiftly introduced after the parents of 3-year-old Amelia Rivera of Stratford said a physician from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia told them in January their child would not be eligible for a kidney transplant because she is "mentally retarded." According to the blog post written by Chrissy Rivera, her daughter has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic defect that can cause physical and mental disabilities.

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