There are some parents who adopt, or become parents in a blended marriage. But for many, there still is that infinite joy of coming home from a hospital or birthing center with their very own newborn.
Except soon, the newborn might not be all theirs.
A plan developing now would give the federal government ownership of that infant’s DNA, obtained from blood samples taken at birth to screen for threatening diseases.
The warning comes from the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, which has fought for the privacy rights of parents and children for years.
“As things stand, in just over two months parents will lose their consent rights for the use of their newborn baby’s DNA for federally funded research, once the revised Common Rule goes into effect on July 19, 2018,” the organization said.