Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday, May 6 signed SF 2047, which permits the health department to collect and store newborn blood samples without parental consent. Parents will be able to opt out of the collection of data by signing a health department form and also may direct that the blood samples be destroyed and not kept for research purposes.
The bill is a response to the Minnesota Supreme Court 2011 decision in Bearder v. State of Minnesota, where the court said that the health department could not store or use existing blood samples and make them available to third parties. Under this new law, parents will have to know the system in order to opt out of it.
The blood samples are used to check for 53 rare genetic disorders.