United States Congress: Save a Life and Make DNA Ancestry Tests Free
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The government should foot the bill or give tax credits for DNA testing to the millions in this country who do not know their ancestry through no fault of their own. This is particularly true in the case of those within the African Diaspora other dispersed peoples and those who do not know one or both parents (adopted or abandoned). Knowing one's ancestry can make all the difference in how one views themself and in their legacy. Not to mention it's importance in the case of medical emergencies. Many have died because they did not have the information regarding their ancestry. Color is NOT a determining factor of one's ancestry.
The medical benefits when one knows their ancestry can be life saving. To assume ancestry based on skin color is a danger to one's health while laying in a hospital bed. An illness can be the result of an inherited trait that is unidentified because of a hidden ancestry. This is a problem faced by Diasporans in particular who tend to have many mixtures unknown to them as well as those who are adopted or abandoned by parents unknown.
People would go to an independent DNA testing facilitity of their choice and present a voucher or get a tax credit.
It is their Human Right!
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