Lawmaker wants NJ Save Haven law to be taught in schools

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A New Jersey lawmaker wants it to be mandatory that students learn about a state law that allows a parent to safely give up unwanted newborns.

Under Republican Assemblyman Anthony Bucco’s bill, students in grades nine through 12 would be taught about the New Jersey Save Haven Law as part of their high school curriculum.

The Safe Haven Law allows parents to drop off a newborn baby at a hospital, fire department or police station anonymously if they are unable or unwilling to care for the child

RELATED: Death of infant in Neptune brings NJ Save Haven law to focus 

The bill comes as a Neptune High School student faces charges for killing her newborn son. Jada McClain is accused of killing her child in March. The baby’s father is accused of disposing of the body.

Bucco says that the bill was written prior to this incident.

“The Neptune incident is what really said to me, we’ve really got to start pushing this, because even if it just saves one life, it’s well worth it,” the assemblyman says.

The bill has bipartisan support from Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

The learning requirement would take effect in September if the bill is passed.

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