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July 9th, 2012
04:56 AM ET

Red Cross ban on gay men donating blood is reexamined

The American Red Cross currently bans gay men from donating blood. It was put in place in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic stunned the country. Now, Congressman Mike Quigley tell Randi Kaye he wants this restriction to end.


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  1. Rangdrol

    Any self respecting gay man would turn his nose up to Red Cross for having denied us the right to donate blood for so many years! It's an insult to me that now, after decades of discrimination,they would now allow us to donate blood! It's the same with the US Republicans wanting soldiers for their many wars, now wanting to give illegal Mexicans to maintain some form of residency—not even full citizenship—simply because of the thousands of vets we have lost due to the many republican and Bush wars! What an insult!

    Red Cross Canada infected 250,000 Quebecers with Hep C two decades ago, due to improper testing (read inadequate testing of blood supplies) and now the shortages are disastrous, and even renaming themselves Hema-Quebec, has not altered their bad reputation.

    If they didn't want your blood then, don't give it to them now!

    July 9, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  2. CJ Plourde

    If they didnt want gay men to donate their blood, subjecting us to discrimination for decades, have some self respect and tell them what they can do with their blood drives!

    In Quebec they infected 250,000 people with Hepatitis C and even with a name change, (Hema-Quebec) they could not recover from the damage to the Red Cross name.

    Just like the US military, offering illegal Mexican immigrants access to partial resident-alien status, is doing it ONLY because the US can ask that those Mexican men and women to serve a round of duty! How unethical! Of course, they say the same offer would be granted to those illegal aliens who want to pursue college degrees, but how many of them can afford college degrees when they have been holding jobs that pay less than 20,000 per year??

    July 9, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  3. M Drew

    This is NOT a "ban" by the Red Cross alone, this rule applies to ALL centers collecting volunteer donor blood. Red Cross collects about half the blood in the country. The rest is collected by independent community blood centers, and by hospitals.

    This is an Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule, NOT a Red Cross rule. FDA regulates every move that blood collection centers, whether Red Cross, or non-Red Cross, make in every step of blood collection, testing, storage and transport. The main reasons FDA is finally moving on this issue now is that the science that has existed for years cannot be disputed that the ban is not logical, and the agency is renewed pressure from Congress.

    I would ask you check the facts before you accuse an organization of discrimination. Don't believe everything you read on a blog, news feed or the internet.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  4. SAJohn

    Can't believe how many are excluded because they lived in Europe since 1980 for more than six months. Doesn't that exclude so many willing service people that had been willing to serve our country? Think of all the people who have been perfectly healthy for many years who are excluded. How about considering those people if you are thinking of changing the rules?

    July 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  5. dave

    If gays claim that they are the way they are because of genetics, then they should not let their blood mix with heteros because their gay dna would get into people, and this would be bioterrorism.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  6. Davey B

    The facts – The Red Cross wants Gays to be able to donate. It is Congress who passed laws in the 80's to ban Gays from donating blood.

    Dave, if you really believe that a Gay mans blood can chemically change the composition of your DNA, well then you may want to speak to someone with a little knowledge about basic Science.

    June 13, 2016 at 12:13 am |

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