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e-1589 (Blood donations)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Annette Toth from Burnaby, British Columbia, on March 19, 2018, at 1:52 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Blood services
Discrimination
Gays and lesbians
Men
Certified

Petition to the government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Canadian Blood Services (CBS) will not accept blood donations from men who have sex with men, if they had a male sexual partner within a year;
  • The ban focuses on gender and sexual identity over sexual behaviours more likely to indicate risk of sexual disease, despite the fact CBS screens all blood from all donors for a variety of factors, including HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases;
  • The ban creates and reinforces negative stigma surrounding men who have sex with men, and prevents potentially healthy donors from donating blood; and
  • CBS misgenders trans women as men for the purposes of blood donation and focuses on their gender affirmation surgery status, despite there not being a single documented case of a trans person donating infected blood.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens, call upon the government of Canada to act now to repeal the blood ban against men who have sex with men.
Burnaby South
NDP
British Columbia
Open for signature : March 19, 2018, at 1:52 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : July 17, 2018, at 1:52 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
791
British Columbia
1621
Manitoba
185
New Brunswick
72
Newfoundland and Labrador
71
Northwest Territories
10
Nova Scotia
184
Nunavut
1
Ontario
1484
Prince Edward Island
122
Quebec
314
Saskatchewan
295
Yukon
21
Other Countries
20
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