Protect Your Child From Genetic Profiling! The MN Department of Health takes a sample of every baby’s blood at birth for genetic testing and a state DNA databank—without informing parents. You can now opt out!
Forms for MN Parents
Form to send to MDH to request the destruction of your newborn's blood spots and test results:
This form allows young adults to require MN state government to destroy newborn blood specimen (DNA) that was taken and the stored results of genetic tests conducted when the adult was a newborn.
Use this form for all children born on or after July 1, 1986 - when retention of test results began. Retention of blood—baby DNA—began eleven years later, on July 1, 1997.
Most parents like newborn screening in its present form, but some parents would prefer private testing of their child. Minnesota allows parents to opt out of government genetic testing of their child. Complete this form prior to the hospital pricking the baby's heel and sending the card with the baby's blood to the State for testing.
Parents are not required by law to initial the four items on this form.
This sign is for Minnesota parents. It can be posted on the door of the hospital room or on the bassinet or both. MN state newborn screening law is written on the second page, or the back of the sign if printed double-sided.
A "newborn screening" amendment was attached to an unrelated bill (HF 2967 - Holberg) on Monday, May 7, 2012. Prior to the amendment being added, CCHF worked with Rep. Holberg and other legislators to make sure certain informed parent consent requirements and strongly-worded protections regarding newborn citizens and Baby DNA were added to the amendment.