State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
During the 2005 legislative session, I co-sponsored Assembly Bill 270 (AB 270) that promotes the donation of umbilical cord blood. Under the bill that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law, the primary prenatal health care provider of a pregnant woman is required to offer her information, before her 35th week of pregnancy, on options to donate blood extracted from the umbilical cord of her newborn child. The options include donating to an accredited cord blood bank, blood bank, blood center, or plasma center.
In a 2004 news release about a study confirming stem cells from the umbilical cords of newborn babies are a viable and effective transplant source for leukemia patients, the Medical College of Wisconsin wrote, “As a stem cell source, umbilical cord blood is not controversial and readily available.”
The decision to donate umbilical cord blood must be made well in advance and several steps are involved. Read more in the July/August issue of Celebrate Life.