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Kerry Demands Gay Blood Ban Review

A June 9 letter to the chair of the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability from Sen. Kerry and Rep. Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, was co-signed by thirty-three representatives and nine senators. "We join with medical experts at the American Red Cross, America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Medical Association, among [...]

By |2015-05-06T13:41:50-04:00June 11th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

HHS Considers lifting Gay Blood Ban

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Blood Committee will review it's policy on banning Gay men from donating blood. Following up on a March announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services, the June meeting of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability ''will hear presentations and engage in deliberations'' [...]

By |2015-05-06T13:43:09-04:00June 7th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

Senators Ask for Gay Blood Ban Review

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., didn’t mince words Thursday in calling for the repeal of the long-standing ban on gay men donating blood. “Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban,” Kerry said  in Bay Windows, a New England-based gay and lesbian newspaper. A letter to the FDA — spearheaded by Kerry and [...]

By |2015-05-06T13:44:07-04:00June 2nd, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments

Gay Blood Ban

16 senators called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end the ban on blood donations by gay men. In a letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Thursday, the senators called the policy “medically and scientifically unsound” and called out the double standard placed on gay men who want to be donors.“Prospective donors [...]

By |2015-05-06T14:06:25-04:00May 30th, 2010|Advocacy, Bone Marrow|0 Comments