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Bill Would Educate Parents on Umbilical Cord Blood

“Informed Choice” legislation would require doctors to give expectant parents information about collecting and banking cord blood stem cells

NBC4 Columbus TV Reporter Ana Jackson reports "the key to saving lives could be in your child’s umbilical cord." For that reason, Ohio lawmakers are pushing for the Informed Choice Bill, which would require doctors to give expectant parents information about collecting and banking cord blood.

Cord blood is rich in stem cells that can be used to treat diseases such as sickle cell anemia and cancers. The reporter interviews parents who banked the stem cells from the cord blood from their two youngest daughters, saying they considered it an insurance policy to help treat any diseases their children may contract in the future. The Informed Choice Bill passed unanimously in the Ohio House and in the Senate Health Committee. It’s waiting for floor vote in the Senate. Ohio would be the 18th state to enact cord-blood legislation if it were to pass.

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