Each year more than 35,000 American children and adults with life threatening illnesses find themselves in need of a stem cell transplant. The growing need for a suitable stem cell match has garnered the attention of state lawmakers. In response to their constituents, state legislators across the country are introducing legislation intended to help physicians and expectant parents become aware of their options for donating, discarding or banking lifesaving newborn stem cells. Currently 20 states, covering over two-thirds of U.S. births, have enacted legislation recommended by the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) guidlines.
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