Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for outlining concrete steps toward ending the outdated, discriminatory lifetime ban on gay men from donating blood.
In a question and answer document requested by Senator Kerry and Congressman Quigley, HHS laid out four final areas for additional study needed to implement a policy change.
“We’ve been working on this a long time in a serious way and I’m glad Secretary Sebelius responded with concrete steps to finally remove this policy from the books,” said Sen. Kerry. “HHS is doing their due-diligence and we plan to stay focused on the end game – a safe blood supply and an end to this discriminatory ban.”
“This announcement by HHS means we’re moving in the direction of finally ending this antiquated and discriminatory policy,” said Rep. Quigley. “Senator Kerry and I will continue to push for a behavior-based screening process both in the name of fairness and a safer blood supply.”
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