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Nation's blood supply facing new danger -- stiff political pressure to change rules regarding homosexual blood donors
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) leading the charge
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POSTED: July 28, 2011
In 1985 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instituted a rule that homosexual men may not be blood donors. The FDA had determined this was necessary after a rash of innocent people received HIV infections via blood transfusions. Many other countries, such as Canada, also have instituted those restrictions.
The reasons are clear. As the National Journal observed this week:
As a result of the FDA's ban, the nation's blood supply has been relatively safe from HIV danger. But that could be changing if the current efforts by the homosexual movement and its allies are successful.
Over the years the FDA has held fast against pressure and lobbying efforts to rescind the rule. Homosexual activist groups and their allies are angry that the dangers of their behavior are being exposed. Thus, despite the serious public health necessity, they are insisting that "discrimination" and "fairness" issues should override that. However, the FDA has maintained that rescinding the rule would seriously jeopardize the blood supply.
Full assault on FDA's rule is launched by pro-gay politicians
Now a full assault on the FDA's rule is being launched by Massachusetts US Sen. John Kerry, US. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill. Working with them is the Obama Administration's Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Despite the FDA's findings to the contrary and its reluctance to lift the ban, Kerry, Quigley, and Sebelius claim that they can "implement" ways to allow homosexuals to "safely" give blood.
Kerry, Quigley: HHS Moves to Revisit Outdated Gay Blood Donor Ban
Not surprisingly, the homosexual lobby is diving right into this with an increased lobbing effort.
LGBT advocates also praised HHS for taking steps toward allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood.
Disturbing support by gay-friendly Red Cross for lifting ban
Also pushing for the ban to be lifted is, shockingly, the Red Cross. It appears that the Red Cross has become hugely pro-gay in recent years. In many people's opinions, the organization cannot be trusted on these issues.
How "gay-friendly" has the Red Cross become? See the following articles:
Very serious implications for everyone
Facts and statistics do not lie. If the FDA believed it was safe to lift this ban they would do it on their own. The fact that they're even resisting political pressure on this should be alarming to everyone.
This is very serious. If this rule is lifted, if you or a member of your family ever need a blood transfusion, you could be a potential AIDS victim, as happened to so many innocent people before the ban was put in place. Like most of what the Left and the homosexual movement does, this pressure and lobbying effort is not about improving public health. It's about pushing a political agenda. They literally don't care about the average American.
Ban on blood donations by military still in effect!
A retired Air Force officer emailed us the following when hearing this news:
"How ironic..., military service members and their families that served in Europe, for six months or more (and that includes just about all fliers and ops guys) after 1981 are prohibited from donating. My blood drive on Robins AFB went from nearly 1400 active donors to less than 200 when that ruling was enacted."
Apparently, the military doesn't have a strong enough lobby to cry out about "discrimination" and "fairness."