Changes could be coming to Canada’s restrictions on gay men donating blood


OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Gay men may soon be able to donate blood with fewer or even no restrictions.

A motion was passed today by MPs in Ottawa to review the science behind the current policy.

Calgary Conservative MP Len Webber is hoping the health committee study in the fall will help establish who should be able to donate.

“There is this impression that a one-year ban on the men sex with men blood donations is not based on science. That is what I hope to clear up at this committee meeting and study by just asking to take a look at the justification against gay men donating blood,” he says.

His motion was passed unanimously. “My first priority is always to have a safe blood supply and then we can focus on increasing the donor base and by doing this study I think that we will establish who is a safe blood donor and then we will have the opportunity to expand our blood supply.”

The Federal Liberals promised to end the ban on gay men donating blood in its election platform. Changes were made by Health Canada in August reducing restrictions from five years to one.

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