Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo

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.

Parents score victory in federal civil rights battle over baby blood spots

By: - September 21, 2022

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 […]

In battle over baby blood, Michigan case could have implications in N.J.

By: - August 2, 2022

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 […]