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March 18, 2014

Lawmakers to consider baby screening law

Mankato law firm handled related suit

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The legislation would allow parents who object to an open-ended storage policy to opt out of the health department's program.

But new parents may not have the energy to thoroughly read the newborn screening information they receive in the hospital, said Twila Brase, president of the Citizen's Council for Health Freedom, a health privacy advocacy group.

"They have to understand that this is going to the government, that the government will store it and use it unless they say no," Brase said. "And at the time of birth, it is a very frenetic time, it's an exhausting time, parents describe themselves as being in a fog."

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