Journalist Andre Picard offers his two cents on his nation’s ongoing gay blood donor debate. As in the States, Canadian officials continue to prohibit homo men from contributing to the blood bank. Picard does not approve:
Giving blood is not a right.
The overriding responsibility of blood collection and distribution agencies is not to ensure all Canadians are allowed to join in this altruistic act, but to ensure the safety of blood and blood products for recipients.
At the same time, these agencies must strive to ensure there is an adequate supply of blood, which saves the lives of thousands upon thousands of people each year.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.