With the enactment of the Hero Act, New Jersey has become the first state to advocate that its residents have the fundamental responsibility to choose whether to help save another person’s life.
The state’s public policy toward organ and tissue donation has moved from a position of general support to a position of advocacy that
encourages positive donation decisions as imperative to saving more lives.
The Hero Act was signed into law by Acting Governor Richard J. Codey on July 22, 2008 and includes the following measures designed to create a more dynamic, comprehensive framework regarding organ and tissue donation, one with
mandated educational and decisional components:
- The curriculum in each college of medicine in New Jersey will include instruction in organ and tissue donation and recovery that will be required as a condition of receiving a diploma.
- The curriculum in each educational program of professional nursing in the state will include instruction in organ and tissue donation and recovery that will be required as a condition of receiving a degree or diploma.
The health and wellness of New Jersey’s residents depends on critically important legislation like the Hero Act that emphasizes the fundamental responsibility of individuals to take appropriate action, when able to do so, to help save another person’s life.
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