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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman’s legislation to lower the age of consent for blood typing services to 17 passed the Senate Wednesday.

“This bill is a step forward in empowering young people to take control of their health,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “Lowering the age for blood typing consent to 17 ensures that more individuals have the ability to make informed decisions about their medical care, which can be crucial in emergency situations and for future health planning.”

This measure would lower the age of consent in order to receive blood typing services to 17. The change is expected to streamline medical processes and enhance the responsiveness of health care services for young adults.

The bill was an initiative of the Rock River Valley Blood Center. The blood bank uses blood typing as a way to develop interest in high school students about donating and educating them about the positive impact on the community. 

“We are not only improving access to essential health information, but also respecting the maturity and decision-making capabilities of 17-year-olds,” said Stadelman. “This legislation reflects our commitment to modernizing health care policies and ensuring that all individuals have the necessary tools to manage their health effectively.”

House Bill 4271 passed the Senate and heads to the governor for further consideration.