CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Legislation was presented in the West Virginia House of Delegates this week which would seek to defend the genetic rights of newborns.
Filed for introduction in the House of Delegates on Thursday, House Bill 5512 would add a new article to West Virgina State Code pertaining to the protection of newborn infants’ genetic privacy. This would entail the requirement of consent from a parent or guardian for retention of blood samples, retention of test results, and any type of genetic screening.
Additionally, the legislation, if passed, would require the proposal of legislative rules limiting amounts of blood which may be drawn from newborns, limiting the purposes for which blood samples and test results can be utilized, and declaring that the requirement for informed, voluntary consent may not be abrogated.
Delegate Kimble (R-71) is the lead sponsor of the bill, which has garnered the support of nearly a dozen additional Republican sponsors in the House of Delegates, including Delegates Butler (R-18), Horst (R-95), Worrell (R-23), Jefferies (R-61), Phillips (R-68), C. Pritt (R-53), Ridenour (R-100), and Foster (R-20).
The legislation was referred to the House Committee on Health and Human Resources following its introduction on Thursday.
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