DID YOU KNOW??
“…[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.
Newborn screening is the most widely performed type of genetic testing in the United States today. . . . Most states, including Connecticut and New York, do not require parental consent. . . .”
The GOVT has my DNA!
Connecticut State Law mandates that all newborns delivered in Connecticut be screened for selected genetic and metabolic disorders. The Newborn Screening Program consists of three components: Testing, Tracking, and Treatment. Specimens are tested at the Department of Public Health (DPH) State Laboratory and all abnormal results are reported to the DPH Tracking Unit who reports the results to the primary care providers and assures referrals are made to the State funded Regional Treatment Centers. – All nice and dandy till you find out they can keep the blood samples for undisclosed amounts of times and give to third parties for testing. I was able to find out that the law does state that a parent may refuse the test for Religious reasons here in CT, but that only helps if the parents are aware of the tests to begin with. A majority of parents do not even know that this database of our children’s blood samples exists here in the United States and each state has their own set of rules. across the pond, Britain even has this process in effect and some samples have been kept from the 1970’s – indefinitely.