Before the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent, a committee-reported substitute amendment and an amendment from Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOvernight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Dozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate Civil liberties group mobilizes against surveillance amendment MORE (R-Iowa) were added to the legislation.
Grassley's amendment clarifies that if research shows there are no health risks involved in the procedure, that it would no longer be a crime for people with HIV to donate organs.
“I applaud the Senate for moving to end this outdated ban on research into organ donations between HIV-positive individuals,” Boxer said Monday. “This legislation offers hope for thousands of patients who are waiting for transplants by allowing scientists to research safe and effective ways to transplant these organs and save lives.”
The bill now heads to the House, where Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a companion measure, H.R. 698.