Lawsuit alleges Michigan illegally obtains newborns' blood

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Lawsuit alleges Michigan illegally obtains newborns' blood
In this March 23, 2018 photo, Philip Ellison poses for a photo with Patton Ellison at his firm Outside Legal Counsel in Hemlock, Mich. If you were born in Michigan in July 1984 or later, you may be among more than five million people whose blood is being held by the state of Michigan, some of which may be used in medical research. Philip Ellison is suing the state on behalf of a group of parents who say the state did not obtain proper consent for their newborns' blood to be drawn or stored. (Henry Taylor/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

HEMLOCK, Mich. (AP) — A group of Michigan parents have filed a lawsuit alleging that the state didn’t obtain proper consent to draw or store their newborns’ blood for medical research.

MLive.com reports Saginaw County Attorney Philip Ellison filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the parents, saying Michigan’s practice of drawing infant blood is unconstitutional. The lawsuit also alleges that there aren’t protections in place to stop police or others from accessing information that can be derived from the stored blood samples.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the blood of more than five million people is being stored for health research.

Ellison learned about the state’s process when he became a father in September. He says the lawsuit isn’t trying to stop newborn testing, but aims to return parents’ right to decide.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com