The new law, by Senator Jay Paul Gumm and Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, establishes the public cord blood bank, eventually giving every Oklahoma family the ability to donate umbilical cord blood. The pair of lawmakers has sponsored the measure for several years, finally securing passage over a number of obstacles this year.
“A cord blood bank will make possible the next great steps forward in medical care,” said Gumm, a Democrat from Durant. “This new law eventually will give every Oklahoma family a chance to protect and save lives. Donors also will expand the genetic diversity in existing cord blood banks, which will open the doors to even more families facing life-threatening illnesses.”