Source: NJ.com - One in 160 pregnancies in the nation ends in a stillbirth, but so little is known why. A bill approved by an Assembly committee today would require the state Health Department to collect autopsy information, create a database and contract with a university willing to do research on why so many pregnancies fail.
The Assembly Women and Children Committee approved the “Autumn Joy Stillbirth Research and Dignity Act,” (A4280), named after Autumn Joy Vijayvergiya of Maplewood who was stillborn at 22 weeks in July of 2011. The family has been active in lobbying for the bill’s introduction and passage…
An estimated 700 stillbirths are reported every year in New Jersey, according to the bill.
“The loss of a child in stillbirth is a horrific event, plunging the mother and the entire family into the depths of unthinkable grief,” said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, (R-Morris), also a sponsor. “This legislation will provide our medical practitioners and staff additional tools to ensure grieving families are handled sensitively and compassionately.”
The bill has passed the Senate. It now heads to the full Assembly for final legislative approval.