PETITION: Life the Ban on Gay Blood Donations

PETITION: Life the Ban on Gay Blood Donations

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I am constantly signing petitions online that I feel are important issues that need change. I thought sharing with the EF community, a few petitions that are related to sexuality would be good.. the website I use is thepetitionsite.com if you are interested in browsing any other petitions.

Signing only takes a minute or so, and it really will make a difference!

taken from the website:

Anti-gay hate group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality recently announced their "Keep the Gay Blood Ban" campaign, which urges people to contact their Congress members to "put the safety of Americans -- and a pristine blood supply -- ahead of the demands of the Homosexuality Lobby."

Since 1983, men who have had sex with other men have been prohibited from donating blood. Last year 40 members of Congress called on the Department of Health and Human Services to lift this ban, and last month the department announced they had begun this process.

Current law says that all donated blood must be tested for HIV and other infectious diseases. A 2010 study estimated that if the gay blood donor ban were lifted, America's blood supply would be increased by more than 200,000 pints per year.

We can't afford to reject life-saving blood donations because of a hateful, nonsensical ban. Tell Congress to support lifting the gay blood ban.

you can sign the petition by going to this link: link
09/12/2011
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CherryDyke CherryDyke
It really is about time they do this alright. Geez
09/12/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I don't agree. The tests do not detect early stage disease. Many 'classes' of people are precluded from donating including people taking certain medications, all British Citizens! Even US citizens who have spent much time in England or Europe.

There is no critical shortage of blood - after 9-11 tons of blood was discarded because more was donated than could be used.
09/13/2011
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