An article on Natural New.com states that former President Bush signed into law a bill that would use the DNA from babies born in hospitals for a national database. The blood and DNA is used without the parents consent. Whether you think this good or bad, I just feel that taking something from a child without their parents knowledge is wrong.
The article written by Patty Donovan states:
S.1858, known as The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007, is justified as a "national contingency plan" in that it represents preparation for any sort of public health emergency. The bill states that the federal government should "continue to carry out, coordinate, and expand research in newborn screening" and "maintain a central clearinghouse of current information on newborn screening... ensuring that the clearinghouse is available on the Internet and is updated at least quarterly". Sections of the bill also make it clear that DNA may be used in genetic experiments and tests.
It is amazing how things just get by us.