Two years ago, an epetition was started in the UK calling to Remove the ban on gay blood donation
. Addressed to the Department of Health, it stated:
"We the undersigned believe that the current blanket ban on MSM (Men who have had Sex with Men) donors is discriminatory and is based on out-dated prejudice rather than scientific evidence and that many gay and bisexual men would be low risk blood donors and remain an untapped resource that could be used to save lives."
Fortunately it attracted only 8,129 signatories, which is far too few to trigger any sort of official response. It is though a shameful measure of ignorance that so many people elected to sign it.
A letter in the October 2 issue of News Shopper
(from NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED) lamented the fact that as a gay
male he was told by a blood donor assistant on-line that he could not donate blood because he had engaged in sodomy within the past twelve months, and is apparently still doing so. He said he was "shocked and appalled", advancing the argument that HIV among heterosexuals is on the rise, with the implication sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.
What is both amazing and sickening in equal measure is that for the homosexual lobby this is a human rights issue, in particular their human rights
, because clearly they don't care about anyone else. Donating blood should be an act of altruism, not a political statement.
In the UK, it is far from only practising homosexuals who are banned from donating blood, and at present, engaging in sodomy is not even on the top ten list
The criteria for donation and non-donation vary from country to country. The policy of the American Food and Drug Administration is crystal clear
. This too is under attack, but the Red Cross has come in for particular vilification, and there are signs that this persistent lobbying and at times unconcealed hate, is starting to pay off
It must be stressed though that this is not a democratic issue; where people's lives and public safety are concerned, there are more important things than a show of hands.
Anyone who doesn't understand why this blood ban must remain should begin by consulting Michael Adler's book Diseases In The Homosexual Male
, or other more recent books by specialists in the field. Blood banks are dependent on donors answering questions honestly, not simply those related to homosexual activity. Even allowing for that, this is a fail-safe error. For homosexuals who genuinely want to do something altruistic, there are plenty of ways they can which do not involve imposing their will on our noblest institutions to their inevitable detriment.