Genetic testing holds promise to prevent health problems and help people cope more effectively with medical conditions that are unavoidable. Unfortunately, the same technologies that predict disease through genetic testing and family history can open the door to discrimination. Americans should not have to fear that their genetic information will be used to prevent them from getting the jobs or the insurance coverage they need.
We join dozens of groups representing patients, people with disabilities and consumers, as well as leading women’s health, civil rights and other organizations in urging House and Senate leaders to move quickly to pass this critical legislation, and President Bush to sign it into law. Nobody should have to choose between the benefits of genetic testing and keeping a job or health insurance."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.