Bartering your baby’s blood

State traded blood for goods and services

Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010, 10:34 AM CDT

Published : Monday, 03 May 2010, 5:59 PM CDT

AUSTIN (KXAN) – When Andrea Beleno gave birth to her son last year, she knew she’d do whatever it took to protect him.

But she never dreamed she’d be taking on the State of Texas to safeguard her son’s most private information.

And now, revelations are surfacing that not only did the state store that blood without parents’ knowledge – but they also actually bartered it for goods and services to for-profit companies, without the knowledge of parents or of state lawmakers.

Beleno and several other Texas families sued the State Department of Health Services after they learned the agency had been storing and using newborn blood samples, or blood spots, that were leftover after testing for the Newborn Screening Program.

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