Council for Responsible Genetics Applauds California State Assembly Passage of Landmark Genetic Nondiscrimination Bill

by jeeg 20. August 2011 01:56


California Senate Bill 559, a landmark civil rights protection bill authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was approved with strong bipartisan support by the State Assembly yesterday.  The bill protects Californians by prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information in  areas not currently covered by existing legislation from housing and education to public accommodations and elections.  


“This bill enhances the civil rights of every Californian,” said Senator Padilla. “Discrimination on the basis of genetic information is no less offensive than discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. California has a compelling interest in promoting and fostering the medical promise of genomics while relieving the fear of discrimination by strengthening laws to prevent it.”

The Council for Responsible Genetics, an original supporter of the legislation, applauded the California State Assembly. “As public concern mounts with the growth of medical technology, it is crucial that restrictions be placed on the accumulation of genetic information by entities that would seek to leverage its predictive value for discriminatory purposes. Without meaningful privacy safeguards and protections against discrimination, the benefits of genetic testing will ultimately be lost as individuals avoid tests in the fear of adverse consequences” remarked CRG President Jeremy Gruber.

The legislation will now move on to the California State Senate for consideration where sponsors expect it to pass.







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