Minnesota Senate passes newborn blood sample bill - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Minnesota Senate passes newborn blood sample bill

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill allowing the state to retain blood samples from newborn babies indefinitely.
   Senators voted 36 to 20 to send the proposal to Gov. Mark Dayton.
   The legislation allows parents to refuse to grant the state permission to keep their infants' samples.
   Proponents of the measure say researchers use those blood samples to test for disorders and develop new tests for other disorders. Opponents say the legislation allows the government to own one's DNA.
   The bill also bans the sale of the samples and any related test results and data.
   The action comes in the wake of a 2011 Supreme Court ruling and subsequent settlement that resulted in the destruction of more than 1 million blood samples stored under the Minnesota newborn screening program.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.