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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2016 04:31 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Providing Instruction to Students for Blood Donation
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce my legislation directing the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health, to provide instruction to 11th- and 12th-grade students regarding donating blood. I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Statistics show that less than 10% of Americans donate blood on a yearly basis. despite the fact that 38% are eligible to donate. This is staggering since an even greater portion of our population will need blood products at some point.

According to the American Red Cross, approximately 36,000 pints of blood are used every day in North America, and every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. My bill would require blood donation education to be integrated within the health course of study currently required in public schools.

This is a reintroduction of SB 449 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: Costa, Fontana, Browne, Vulakovich and Farnese.

Introduced as SB152