Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update on the Genetic Nondiscrimination Bill

One of the things that both conservative and progressive bioethicists have agreed on is the merit of GINA ((the Genetic Non-discrimination Act). And there was great hope when it passed the House easily and may of us saw it as a potential solution to the injustice of genetic discrimination. So what's happening with the bill? Seems it has been stalled in the Senate, single-handedly by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahama). The scoop, according to Wired, is that Coburn is saying that it could place too much strain on businesses.

Where's the outrage on this?

1 comment:

SabrinaW said...

I see far too much ground given to economic interests and burdens of proof of harm placed on anyone but business, whether in genetic privacy cases, food security or FAA safety studies. This is a dangerous paradigm America is subscribing to, one that will continue to undermine civil rights, public safety, and the ability of consumers to make responsible personal decisions.