IT'S MY DNA!

 

Baby DNA and Newborn Screening

...[M]ost parents are completely stunned when they find out that their child's blood is being held by the State. They have no recollection and they think it's unlawful.

Dr. Sharon Kardia, University of Michigan, September 23, 2009.

 

Photo from 2005 MN Department of health provider manual

 



One FL baby says "Help! The Gov't Has My DNA"

Newborn screening is the most widely performed type of genetic testing in the United States today. . . . Most states, including New York, do not require parental consent. . . .

Most newborn screening programs, including New York's program, store residual newborn blood samples (bloodspots) and use them for research.

"Genetic Testing and Screening in the Age of Genomic Medicine (Exec. Summary), NY Dept. of Health. 

 

Whether you like it or not, a complete [genomic] sequencing of newborns is not far away.

Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, October 26, 2009

 
 

10-PART OVERVIEW

 

Parents and Newborns Harmed by Unconsented State Storage of Baby DNA

Parents and Newborns Harmed by Unconsented State Storage of Baby DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Three important court cases involving Baby DNA are in progress in Michigan, and while one has suffered a setback, litigators and parents are pressing forward to ensure that their children’s genetic blueprint, and the genetic code of other newborn babies, is protected and kept private. 

Judge Rules Against Parents in Baby DNA Case

Judge Rules Against Parents in Baby DNA Case

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is responding after a District Court ruled in favor of the defense on a motion to dismiss a case involving Baby DNA in Michigan. Read the Aug. 8 Adam Kanuszewski, et. al. v. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, et. al. decision here.

US District Court Michigan Baby DNA Case No. 18-cv-10472

Revised Common Rule Strips Parents of Consent Rights Re: Baby DNA Used for Research

Revised Common Rule Strips Parents of Consent Rights Re: Baby DNA Used for Research

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As things stand, in just over two months parents will lose their consent rights for the use of their newborn baby’s DNA for federally funded research, once the revised Common Rule goes into effect on July 19, 2018.

 

New Parent Lawsuit Exposes Stolen ‘Baby DNA,’ Says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom

New Parent Lawsuit Exposes Stolen  ‘Baby DNA,’ Says Citizens’ Council  for Health Freedom

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is applauding a new lawsuit where a group of parents are suing the state of Michigan for “stolen blood” because the Michigan BioTrust for Health stores Baby DNA for research—without parental consent.

Parents Sue Michigan for Stolen Blood (“Baby DNA”)

Parents Sue Michigan for Stolen Blood (“Baby DNA”)

The Michigan BioTrust for Health is storing newborn DNA for 100 years. Philip Ellison, the father of a newborn, is an attorney whose job is to sue the government. He got nine other families together in a federal lawsuit. And he sued the state health department and the biobank. His special web page: stolenblood.comFor more on issue: itsmydna.org

Hits and Misses for Health Freedom in 2017’s Top Headlines

Hits and Misses for Health Freedom  in 2017’s Top Headlines
ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was certainly eventful when it came to headlines that shaped the health care landscape. In fulfilling its mission to educate and engage Americans about health care policies that affect them personally, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.orghas been a voice of support or opposition, depending on the proposed statutory and regulatory revisions.
 

CCHF Urges OMB to Include Parental Consent for Storage and Research of Baby DNA in Final Common Rule

CCHF Urges OMB to Include Parental Consent for Storage and Research of Baby DNA in Final Common Rule

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) has been working diligently to ensure that protections for Baby DNA, the genetic blueprint of America’s youngest residents, is protected in the final version of the “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects,” known as the Common Rule.

Letter to OMB Director Mulvaney regarding Common Rule

Letter to OMB Director Mulvaney regarding Common Rule

Our organization discovered state-based “Baby DNA Warehousing” in 2003 -- and the use and sharing of newborn DNA for medical and genetic research without parental consent. As a result, four parent lawsuits (IN, MN, TX) have been filed and judges have required millions of newborn DNA blood spot cards stored by state government to be incinerated. 

What Will Happen to Parental Consent and Privacy Rights Once Federal ‘Common Rule’ Hits its Original Deadline in Jan. 2018?

What Will Happen to Parental Consent and Privacy Rights Once  Federal ‘Common Rule’ Hits its Original Deadline in Jan. 2018?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month, which educates parents about tests that help diagnose diseases and disorders early in their baby’s life. But during this awareness month, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.orgwants to inform Americans about how the federal ‘Common Rule’ actually strips parents and the nation’s youngest citizens of their rights.