The practice of storing babies blood for possible scientific research is being challenged in a federal lawsuit in Texas.
The Lawsuit filed against the Texas Department Of Health Services along with Texas A&M University was filed in U.S. District Court by 5 plaintiffs. The lawsuit states that since the babies blood was collected without parental consent, that the health department as well as the university had violated the parents protections from illegal search and seizure as protected under the constitution.
Texas began collecting the blood samples some decades ago in order to screen the blood for various birth defects and human disorders. Under current Texas law midwives, doctors and hospitals have a right to collect the blood without parental consent.
When the department of health began retaining blood samples in 2002 for the purpose of research no one took into consideration that collecting the blood samples was in fact both a invasion of privacy and an unethical method of collecting research material. Attorneys on both sides were unavailable for comment.