Texas A&M Named in Blood Storage Lawsuit

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

For decades, blood samples of Texas newborns have been collected to screen for birth defects. Now that practice is being challenged in court with Texas A&M named as one of the defendants.

The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing Texas A&M and the Texas Department of State Health Services of unlawful search and seizure.

The group claims the practice is unconstitutional because parents are not asked for permission to have their baby's blood stored. By law, the blood can be taken without consent by hospitals, birthing centers and midwives.

In a statement released Friday, Texas A&M Health Science Center responded: "We provide a no-cost service to the Texas Department of State Health Services to store the residual dried blood spots from the statewide newborn screening program. We can say nothing more because of pending litigation."

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