WEB Notes: No one has control or any right over your own body. That cannot be stressed enough. If you lose the right to your own body, you have no rights whatsoever. The article continues stating unless parents opt out the blood is kept and sold off to a private blood bank.
Saginaw attorney Philip Ellison has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of nine parents whose infants’ blood was taken and tested without their consent.
Newborn screening is a public health program required by state law. It uses tiny samples of blood to screen for about 50 genetic diseases.
If a condition is detected, the parents are notified. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says each year more than 250 Michigan babies are found to have a disorder detected by newborn bloodspot screening.
Ellison says it’s a laudable goal, but without consent, it’s unconstitutional.
“We have privacy from the government intruding into our lives,” he says, “and in this case, our bodies.”