Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.
A federal judge in Michigan last week sided with parents who say the state unconstitutionally stored, sold and tested blood it collected from newborns to screen for rare diseases — a ruling that could be precedential for such civil rights battles in other states, including New Jersey. Michigan statutes require “written, informed consent” for test […]
Attorney Philip Ellison’s mission to stop a practice he has characterized as the government preying on new parents began just hours after his son entered the world in the fall of 2017. As nurses did various routine health checks on the newborn, one approached Ellison with a form, demanding a signature for blood testing. “I […]