A Michigan parents filed a lawsuit claiming that the state had not obtained proper consent to withdraw or store the blood of their newborns for medical research.
MLive.com reported that Philip Ellison filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of her parents, saying that the practice of making baby blood in Michigan was unconstitutional.
The lawsuit also claims that there are no protective measures to stop the police or other people from obtaining information that can be obtained from stored blood samples.
“Basically, the country has stolen the consent from the parents,” said Ellison, a lawyer in Saginaw County.
He said that the lawsuit is not trying to stop newborns from testing, but aims to better inform and return parents’ decision-making power.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, more than 5 million people’s blood is being stored.
The department said that the state began to take newborn blood in the 1960s to detect infantile diseases. The initial list started with six diseases and has now grown to over 50 species. Michigan began storing blood samples in the mid-1980s.
The legislator amended the state’s “Public Health Code” in 2000 to allow the use of newborns to screen for blood samples in health research.
The BioTrust project later established an advisory committee to oversee the storage of blood and its application in research.
According to the department, people born between 1987 and 2010 can opt out of blood research and storage by contacting the country.
For children born after May 2010, parents can refuse to sign a consent form. Blood traces will be preserved unless parents ask the country to destroy bloodstains.
Lynnette Wiegand is four mothers and is the plaintiff in this case. She believes that her child’s blood will be discarded after the test.
She said the consent form in Michigan should be separate and expressly stipulated that blood should be drawn for medical research and storage.
Lawsuits challenging blood storage practices in other states have resulted in the destruction of millions of blood samples.
“Natasha Bonhomme, a staff member of the non-profit genetic consortium, said:” This contradicts the importance that other parents may want and the importance of their voice in the process to eliminate the biobanking sample. “
She said newborn screening is part of the public health of each state without consent. She believes that it is very important to separate the question of blood draw consent and blood storage or test consent.
She said that the lawsuit may indicate that Michigan needs to do better work to tell people about their processes.