Bill on Cord Donation Now Heads to Governor's Desk for Signature
INDIANAPOLIS - Senate Bill 315 on umbilical cord donation by Indiana State Senator and Third Congressional District candidate, Liz Brown, passed the Indiana House yesterday and now heads to Governor Mike Pence for his signature.
Senate Bill 315 requires the State Department of Health to provide information on voluntary and free cord blood donation to entities that assist pregnant women. Cord blood stem cells offer an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cells. Cord blood stem cells are used in treatments and research for dozens of diseases.
"Cord donation programs recognize that every child's life is a treasure," said Brown. "I hope that my bill will bring awareness to the life-saving advancements that the medical community is making through cord blood cells and how these cells are an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cells. I believe my bill will increase cord blood donation in Indiana. I extend my thanks to my colleagues for passing my bill unanimously in the House and Senate and special thanks to Rep. Denny Zent for carrying this bill in the House."
Liz Brown, a Republican, seeks to represent Indiana's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Brown currently serves Indiana Senate District 15 in the state legislature and is a former member of the Fort Wayne City Council. She has a long history of community involvement including roles with Boys and Girls Clubs, Cub Scouts, Parkview Hospital Ethics Committee, Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne and various school boards. As a registered Civil and Domestic Mediator with her own mediation business, Liz maintains a number of associations in the legal field. Liz and her husband of 33 years, Steve, have seven children.
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