Northern Ireland: Gay Blood Ban Debated in High Court
April 19, 2013
Northern Ireland's High Court is considering whether to maintain Northern Ireland's current policy stipulating a lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men or to align with the policy of England, Scotland, and Wales. Since 2011, these United Kingdom countries have allowed men who have sex with men to donate blood only after they have abstained from sex for one year. Health Minister Edwin Poots stated that he wants to preserve Northern Ireland's lifetime ban to prevent the spread of STDs, not because he is a born-again Christian who objects to same-sex relationships.
04.17.2013; Scott Roberts
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