Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Releases Statement on Urgent Legislation Lifting Restriction on Organ Transplants Between HIV-Positive Individuals
SACRAMENTO - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1408, authored by Senator Allen (D – Santa Monica), which would allow life-saving transplants between HIV-positive individuals. Attorney General Harris received a letter earlier this week from a transplant surgeon at University of California, San Francisco and immediately urged the legislature to act to change existing law and allow HIV-positive individuals to receive organ donations from other HIV-positive individuals.
“I applaud Governor Brown and the legislature for working swiftly to eliminate outdated and discriminatory policies that criminalized life-saving organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients. Through tremendous, bi-partisan cooperation, our state's elected officials acted on a rare opportunity to immediately save lives.”