New Jersey organ donation: Teens may become organ donors

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, D-Monmouth, has introduced legislation that would allow minors as young as 14 years old to register to donate their organs if they die. Under the measure, the state Motor Vehicle Commission would be directed to ask the question when youngsters age 14, 15, 16 and 17 get a non-driver photo ID to operate a moped, their learner’s permit or a provisional driver’s license.

“Right now in New Jersey we limit our state’s ability to ask if you want to be a donor to those 18 and older, so we miss out on asking people younger than that, we miss out on that prompt,” O’Scanlon said. He explained the legislation would simply give people as young as 14 the option to express their preference about participating in the program, but nothing would be set in stone.

“This doesn’t mandate that they be organ donors. Parents will always have the final say if something, God forbid, happens,” he said.

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Source: NJ1015