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Unity Coalition petition: 'Lift the FDA ban on donating blood by gay and bisexual men in the U.S.'

Unity Coalition petition at Change.org:

blood ban

Repeal the FDA's longstanding prohibition on gay and bisexual men from donating blood – in place since 1977.

This regulation is not only antiquated, but based on outdated statistics and unwarranted fears and generalities, no longer accurate, based on scientific evidence we now have available.  It limits our very residents from the ability to donate screened blood, and unnecessarily limits the nation’s blood supply.

We have the highest of respect for the FDA and their process and responsibilities, but believe they have not kept up with current international standards for blood donations.  Argentina, Australia, Hungary, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden have all developed various levels of acceptance of gay men in regards to donating blood. Other countries such as the UK, Spain, France, Italy and Russia have completely lifted the life-long ban; and the blood donation organizations have also recommended a reversal of this policy

As of Dec 25, 2012, Mexico has become the first North American country to end its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban.  In 2009, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee passed AJR 13, the U.S. Blood Donor Nondiscrimination Resolution (Ammiano-D), calling upon the nation’s Food and Drug Administration to end its more than quarter century ban on gay men donating blood to the nation’s blood banks.

The decades-old federal blood donor ban was introduced as a way to assure the U.S. public that the nation’s blood banks were safe at the genesis of the AIDS epidemic here. But according to much research, medical experts have argued since its inception the ban did little more than discriminate and for more than two decades mandatory blood screening has rendered the ban useless. The current ban is nothing short of discrimination based on antiquated information. It has greatly limited the availability of blood – an issue that is of great importance to a city that is in constant threat of hurricanes, international viruses and other unforeseen occurrences.

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida joins the Miami Beach Human Rights Committee, Senator John Kerry, and countless other organizations and community leaders in SUPPORTING THE LIFTING OF THE BLOOD DONATION BAN BY THE FDA. 
www.unitycoalition.org

Click here to sign the petition.

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