Tuesday, January 08, 2008

My organs, like my blood, are no longer mine to give

Health Canada has apparently decided that gay men are no longer eligible to be organ donors if they have had sex with another man in the past five years. It depresses me to learn that rather than switching the also-prejudicial policy against gay men in use by Canadian Blood Services to focus on risky sexual behaviour, Health Canada is instead going to use sexual orientation as an all-encompassing black list. The manner in which this policy will be implemented, as Queer Liberal points out, will also be deeply flawed, relying as it does on families of gay men to know about their sexual histories.

For a few more posts on the blood ban, see this post by Slap Upside the Head and this post from over a year ago.

Welcome to 2008.

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At 12:53 am, Blogger adawn said...

I only found out about this today. I honestly believed that soon they would repeal that stupid blood donor rule. And then they go and do this.

"Welcome to 2008."



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