The Texas House gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that
would allow parents to refuse to allow blood samples from newborns
be used for research.
Blood spots from newborns are used to screen for birth defects and disorders. Since 2002 the state has set some of the samples aside to be stored for possible research.
The proposal approved Wednesday would require parents be told of the practice after the birth and how to opt out and ask for the blood samples to be destroyed.
The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a federal lawsuit last month against the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M University saying the practice violates constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure.
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