Bill to boost blood donations passes N.J. Assembly

02/9/2009 | Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.), The

A bill that would allow 16-year-olds in New Jersey to donate blood with their parents' consent was unanimously approved last week by the Assembly and is moving to the Senate for review. "Hopefully by expanding eligibility requirements we'll see an increase in much-needed blood donations throughout the state," said state Sen.-elect Marcia Karrow, the bill's sponsor. Though 60% of adults in the state are eligible to donate blood, only 2.5% actually do, Karrow said.

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