Tuesday, February 05, 2008

University suspends blood drives to protest federal ban on gay blood donors

from Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/the-freak-est-links-111/
"A Bay Area university has suspended all campus blood drives because of a long-standing government policy that bars gay men from donating blood, putting renewed attention on an issue that has been a sore spot at many liberal colleges."

The Canadian Red Cross was sued for billions of dollars when people were infected by tainted blood. The resulting restrictions make it very difficult for many people to donate blood. Gay men are one of those groups who have a higher risk of supplying tainted blood.

I'm all for reducing risk, but this University is making it difficult for non-gay men to donate. As a result, everyone suffers.

My solution is simple: Allow gay blood donors but segregate their donations from the general population. All University people who agreed with the suspension would draw blood from the bank of gay donors.
They would be able to compare relative risk with political correctiveness...