National Health Leader Commends Third and Final House Committee Vote to Protect Genetic Information
Calls on Congress and White House to Enact Genetic Nondiscrimination Legislation Without Delay
Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, DC — March 23, 2007 — "We are excited about the medical breakthroughs that will be possible through increased use of genetic technologies. But such breakthroughs will only be realized if we have comprehensive federal standards to prohibit genetic discrimination in health insurance and the workplace.
Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee became the third and final House committee to unanimously pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which will provide protection from genetic discrimination for all Americans.
Now that committees in both the House and Senate have passed the measure, we hope that Congressional leaders will quickly schedule floor votes. Americans have waited long enough for this important, bipartisan legislation to become law. We urge Congress and the White House to enact it without any further delay."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan 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.