Court won't reconsider bone marrow payments ruling

(AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to reconsider a ruling that allows bone marrow donors to be paid for their donations like blood donors.

In December, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shook up the organ transplant community when it overturned the criminality of paying bone marrow donors. Previously, donating bone marrow was classified the same as donating a kidney or any other organ, and payments were forbidden, punished by jail time.

But the court said a makes the process of donating bone marrow nearly identical to giving and doesn't amount to an organ transplant.

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit declined the Obama administration's request to reconsider the ruling. Several organizations and activisits in the organ-donation community have urged the administration to fight the ruling.

The administration now has 90 days to petition the U.S. Supreme Court.

Department of Justice spokesman Charles Miller said the administration is reviewing its options.

The nonprofit patient advocacy group Institute for Justice called the original ruling a "major national shift in bone marrow donation policy" and said payments will encourage more donations.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Court: Some bone marrow donors can be paid

Dec 01, 2011

(AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that most bone marrow donors can be paid, overturning a decades-old law that made such compensation a crime.

The Medical Minute: Donate life

Apr 14, 2011

Who wants to be a hero? No, it’s not a new TV reality show, it’s a real question. You can make a heroic gesture now by becoming an organ donor. It’s very simple to do. In Pennsylvania, as in most states, you ...

Court rules against Bush administration

Mar 20, 2006

A federal appeals court has overturned a clean-air regulation issued by the Bush administration, ruling in favor of environmental advocacy groups.

Court Denies Vonage Bid for Patent Case Retrial

May 04, 2007

A U.S. appeals court denies a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought against it by Verizon Communications.

Recommended for you

User comments