The 2015 Liberal Party of Canada’s platform states, “the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and Héma-Québec (HM-QC) ban men who have been sexually active with men at any point in the previous five years from donating blood, even if it has been entirely safe and monogamous. This policy ignores scientific evidence and must end.”
Thanks to efforts by the Liberal Government this ban has recently been reduced from five years to one year, an important step forward.
It is time to end the stigmatizing donor-screening policy and adopt one that is non-discriminatory and based on science.
There is an urgent need for blood due to Canada’s blood shortage. Several blood groups remain at critically low levels.
This ban is discriminatory, unfair, and has no place in Canadian society.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to continue to put forth a concerted effort to end the discriminatory MSM blood ban.
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