(March 16, 2018) On behalf of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance I want to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter. As the author of the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), signed into law in 2008 after a 14-year battle, Representative Slaughter proved to be a tireless advocate for patients and science-based treatment.
As the only microbiologist in Congress, Representative Slaughter used her long-held interest in science and public health to encourage the broadening of genetic testing and genomic risk awareness. In 2014, she convened a critical panel to discuss oversight of laboratory developed tests, the results of which can have a profound impact on a patient’s diagnosis and treatment. There is no doubt that Representative Slaughter’s tireless advocacy has saved lives.
The country has lost a keen mind and champion for patients. We extend our sympathy to her family, friends, and colleagues.