CNN reports that when a baby is born in the United States, the government takes a DNA sample from the child, and then tests the sample for a whole multitude of diseases and disorders – all without notice to or consent of the parents. Depending on the state, the child’s DNA sample is stored in the government’s lab anywhere from three months to indefinitely. The government often gives these samples to outside researchers, sometimes with the child’s name still attached. In most states, it is almost impossible for parents to get the DNA sample destroyed. Currently, only two states, Minnesota and Texas, have procedures for parents to get their children’s DNA removed from the government labs.
When a government takes a piece of your child without your consent, it reflects the government’s view that your parental rights are secondary to its desires, and that its medical wishes for your child override your own. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids this kind of government overreach. Please join Heritage Defense and help us fight to defend our God-given parental rights.
Art Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, says he understands why states don’t first ask permission to screen babies for genetic diseases. “It’s paternalistic, but the state has an overriding interest in protecting these babies,” he says. (emphasis added)
* * *The specimens don’t always stay in the state labs. They’re often given to outside researchers — sometimes with the baby’s name attached.
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