President Bush Signs Genetic Nondiscrimination Act Protecting Both Born and Unborn
Act protects women from financial pressure to abort children with genetic disorders
– In an important blow to the eugenics movement, President George Bush yesterday signed into law a bill preventing health insurance companies and employers from discriminating against born or unborn individuals on the basis of genetic information.
“It protects our citizens from having genetic information misused, and this bill does so without undermining the basic premise of the insurance industry,” said Bush of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
Proponents of the GINA have expressed fears that healthy individuals with genetic dispositions toward certain diseases could end up paying more for insurance. They also fear that employers would only hire or retain individuals without genetic dispositions towards disease in order to avoid future instances of an unhealthy workforce.
The version of the GINA signed yesterday included important language protecting families from discrimination based upon genetic abnormalities found in their unborn children or in those they were about to adopt. MORE from LifeSiteNews.
I’m happy to see this finally passed. Those who have genetic abnormalities have been discriminated against in the worst ways.