“Basically, the country has stolen the consent from the parents,” said Ellison, a lawyer in Saginaw County.
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.
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.
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.