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American Society of Transplantation Applauds Rep. Inslee for His Efforts to Pass the Charlie W. Norwood Living Organ Donation Act
Date:12/5/2007

H.R. 710 PASSED DECEMBER 4

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For over a year, Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) has worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of the Charlie W. Norwood Living Organ Donation Act (H.R. 710), which allows for paired kidney donations. Rep. Inslee and the late Rep. Charlie Norwood spearheaded a bipartisan effort to advance this important piece of legislation to increase the number of available kidney donations. On Dec. 4, the House of Representative passed H.R. 710 with the Senate's amendments pursuant to Res. 837 by a vote of 407 to 1. The American Society of Transplantation's (AST) Public Policy Committee worked closely with these legislators to build support for H.R. 710 and to keep the momentum going. Congressman Inslee thanked AST Public Policy member Connie Davis, MD, during his formal remarks on the floor during the evening's vote.

"Passage of this important legislation is a fitting tribute to Charlie's tireless efforts to improve our nation's heath-care system that will bring hope to the 70,000 Americans waiting for kidney transplants," said Inslee. "This won't, however, be the end of our work. I look forward to collaborating with my good friend and constituent Dr. Connie Davis, the American Society of Transplantation and others, as we push for enactment of this bill and tackle other challenges relating to organ donation and transplantation."

Through paired kidney donation, two or more sets of intended living donors and candidates are matched to find biologically compatible donors. Congress became involved in paired donations because many transplant centers refused to perform exchanges due to fears about violating the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA). NOTA makes it a felony to give or receive something of worth - or "valuable consideration" - in exchange for an organ. The Norwood Act clarifies the federal law intended to prevent the sale of organs by living donors to ensure
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