NEW JERSEY – Science in Donation, the non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of those parties interested in bringing continuous improvement to the current system of organ donation and allocation, is celebrating the passage of a resolution opposing new federal rules on the issue by the New Jersey General Assembly.
Noting that organ procurement organizations (OPOs) serving New Jersey, namely The Sharing Network, have seen record levels of success in increasing organ donor registration and recoveries, the resolution calls for federal regulators to reject proposals by Trump loyalists to implement changes that would inject politics and profit into the system.
“Day after day we are learning more about efforts by the Trump Administration to ignore sound science and instead rely on moneyed interest to set policy,” Anthony Pizzutillo, a spokesperson for Science in Donation, said. “We are grateful to the legislators that have taken this stand in New Jersey, and are hopeful more, at every level, will follow suit.”
Offering their own strong rebuke of the proposed federal regulations were the resolution’s sponsors, Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Daniel Benson and Sterley Stanley, who sounded a warning that “biased, inaccurate information referenced by the previous presidential administration has been used to create detrimental policies that could force many of these OPOs to shut down.”
“Without a plan in place to establish alternate infrastructure in the event of an OPO's closure, there could be no one left to carry on their efforts to help the thousands of patients awaiting life-saving organs,” the statement continued.
While the resolution introduced brings no official action, Pizzutillo noted, it is much more than simply ceremonial.
“As our federal government continues to unwind from four years of destruction wrought by President Trump and the opportunists around him,” Pizzutillo said, “Science in Donation will be at forefront of efforts to make sure that the rights of those serious about saving lives through what is already the world’s best organ procurement system are protected.
Science in Donation urges New Jersey residents to make their voices heard by going to their website’s Take Action page and sending a message to their House Representative and Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez asking them to help save our nonprofit organ donation system.