Legislation that would prohibit discrimination against a transplant recipient based on physical or mental disability has been introduced and will be considered during this year’s legislative session.
Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:
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Senator Craig Brandt, the Senate Minority Whip from Sandoval County, is sponsoring Senate Bill 158, otherwise known as Glory’s Law. The legislation would prohibit discrimination against transplant recipients solely based on their physical or mental disability. As it currently stands, healthcare providers and health insurance companies can deny patients with physical or mental disabilities from receiving organ donations in New Mexico.
Upon introduction of the bill Senator Brandt issued a statement requesting that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham give a message for Senate Bill 158, so that it can be heard and considered during this year’s 30-day budget session.
Senator Brandt stated, “Every life deserves equal treatment under law. This is not a complicated bill or a difficult concept. This is basic human decency. Discrimination against the disabled has reared its ugly head in other states and now is the time to ensure it never happens in ours. We will not stand for the creation of second-class citizens. Every life is worth saving and every person deserves a shot at life to the fullest.”
Subsequent to the request, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham provided a message allowing the bill to be considered. The bill is now awaiting a committee hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza