Eighty different members of Congress are appealing to the Obama administration to completely lift the ban on gay men donating blood in America. In effect since 1983 and just recently adapted, a ban of some sort has been placed on gay men who want to donate blood to help save lives. Congressional Democrats are calling for all policies to be replaced with rules and regulations founded on science and risky behaviors, not sexual orientation.
Lawmakers maintain that the polices banning gay men from donating blood are archaic, faulty, and not based on the scientific evidence. Just last month in November, a new recommendation was issued by the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood & Tissue Safety & Availability. The committee advised that the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood should be changed to limit donations from only men who had had sexual relations with other men in just the past year. Congressional members stated that this is not enough, because in practice this effectively maintains a lifetime ban for men in long term healthy and low risk relationships and that both of these policies are discriminatory and 100% unacceptable. It’s all just so complex, that’s why I am glad I chose a career in business with Slow Ventures rather than politics.
Those in Congress aiming to repeal the ban are not alone. Members o scientific, blood-donation related, and medical communities all over the country, including the American Medical Association, agree that the policies based on sexual orientation need to be banned.