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Does anyone here care that Congress overwhelmingly passed a law to screen newborns for DNA & create a database

Posted in Child Care on 23rd September 2011

Does anyone here care that Congress overwhelmingly passed a law to screen newborns for DNA & create a database
and that the law passed with overwhelming support and no privacy restrictions?

Ron Paul cares:


“Those of us in the medical profession should be particularly concerned about policies allowing government officials and state-favored interests to access our medical records without our consent … My review of S. 1858 indicates the drafters of the legislation made no effort to ensure these newborn screening programs do not violate the privacy rights of parents and children,” Paul continued.

“In fact, by directing federal bureaucrats to create a contingency plan for newborn screening in the event of a ‘public health’ disaster, this bill may lead to further erosions of medical privacy. As recent history so eloquently illustrates, politicians are more than willing to take, and people are more than willing to cede, liberty during times of ’emergency,” he concluded.”

What is your candidate’s position on citizen privacy?
http://www.opednews.com/articles/2/New-Law–Bush-Will-Screen–by-Steve-Watson-080608-511.html
EC, I can.
xoil – if is a good thing, why can’t families choose whether to do it or not?

Best answer(s):

Answer by smellyfoot ™
Yea, I’m not real happy about that. I’m sure they say it’s a good thing, in case your kid goes missing….but I think it should be optional.

Answer by universal_mytholgy
All of this is whizing past the American public at 90 miles an hour while they worry about the prospect of a black president. What amazes me even more is that athletes and models can make money off of their bodies but if my DNA is found to have some life saving details I can not profit from it.

Answer by ?
lots of stuff gets whizzed by us and most americans are too asleep to know about it.

Answer by ione_thestar1
The problem with this is that the American public is NOT AWARE that such a bill exists. I am sure that we, as Americans, would have rebutted and stopped such a bill from passing. I, for one, will be finding out where the subjects that are to be voted upon, are listed. When I find out, I will place this information on Yahoo Answers!!! for all of us to share. I wish you well. Peace!!!

Answer by EC HERE
Get over it Bush has striped away all our civil liberties in the name of terror security. Who can deny disaster planning for security?

Answer by slew
I am shocked. I thought congress would vote it down with so many people complaining about it.

It feels like the government wants to hand over our personal genetic information to the pharmaceuticals when tehy use to have to pay for that and get signatures.

Answer by xoil1321321432423
The heart of the bill is there. Newborn screening is critical for early detection and long term viability of children born with inborn errors in metabolism and other detectable genetic diseases. So expanding the program is pretty much a good thing.

However, I would agree with Dr. Paul in that any statistics obtained from program need to be collected anonymously and that the privacy rights and patient records of any child that comes up positive for a genetic disorder need to be protected and should never be released w/o the parent’s consent.

Good question. The problem comes into play in that refusing the newborn screening is similar to refusing lifesaving medical care for your child. If your child happens to have a metabolic disorder that could be picked up with a $ 5 genetic test that you refuse, your child could suffer irreparable brain damage from that disorder or ends up dying. And since the child can’t accept or deny treatment of its own accord the state steps in. This is why I believe you can’t refuse the genetic tests.

I believe this only applies to the state/federal standards though. Some hospitals run even more disorders and I believe you can still refuse these since its on a hospital by hospital basis.

Should you be able to maintain all semblance of privacy concerning the results of these tests? Absolutely.

Answer by Fedup Veteran
I know that I certainly do care! Being 32 weeks it ticks me off to no end! I comment it to nurses that I know and they act as if they would stand up to it, but if it was an order then they can not, not do it. It is a sad day in the US that is for sure…

Makes me feel like we are in Nazi Germany during the 1930’s when they were trying to create a “Superior” race. Sad that more Americans aren’t standing up for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Answer by About soMEone
I’ve read and reread it and all the man is criticizing is that there’s no consideration in the language of the bill to ensure protections of Our basic Constitutional privacy rights.

My candidate, at the national level – Executive Branch – is Dr. Ron Paul. But, now, I’ll need to check out what my local weasels are doing and saying on this.

Gawd, being a Citizen takes work!! More and more work the further these dingos stray from the Constitution.

Answer by EZQ1
Yes.http://www.ridingthebeast.com/articles/verichip-implant/ http://www.ncsl.org/realid/ http://www.amerikanexpose.com/quotes1.html