Monday, May 7, 2007
Another Step to Equality
There are many groups that are discriminated against. Soon it will be illegal to deny US citizens jobs or insurance simply because they have an inherited illness, or a genetic predisposition to a particular disease.
It is still a secret for me how employer can get this type of information. Isn't it considered to be private? Anyhow, on 25 April, the House of Representatives voted 420 to 3 to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Passing the Senate won't be a problem for the bill. President Bush also speaks in its favor.
"Clearly the House finally understood the incredible significance this has. The American public can now access genetic tests, feel safe about their genetic information not being misused and participate in research that involves genetic information," says Sharon Terry, president of the Genetic Alliance, a charity lobbying for the rights of people with inherited illnesses.
Well, I guess it's another step to equality...