Bil Browning

New Canadian law makes gay organ donors illegal

Filed By Bil Browning | January 22, 2008 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: bad laws, Canada, HIV/AIDS, legislation, organ donation

This special report/rant comes to us from north of the border, where a new law has gone into affect outlawing gay men (and prisoners!) from donating organs after they die. Shades of US blood donations, anyone?

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in the early 80's i had a friend who was a hemophiliac at that time Bear pharmaceutical was removing clotting factors from donated blood. My friend was one of the tens of thousands of people who died from HIV related diseases. A married man with 2 children who never saw then grow up and get married. There is no test that is 100% effective in detecting disease in blood or donated organs.
I have a standing order not to transfuse on religious grounds and i turned down a cornea transplant for my left eye because it could not
be guaranteed that the tissue would be clean.

Thankfully with adult stem cell research progressing as fast as it is organ donations may be a thing of the past real soon.

Take care

This is just as stupid as the US ban on blood donations by gay men.

To be clear, it's not "illegal" or banned. A quote from the CBC:

Health Canada has clarified its latest policy on organ donations from sexually active gay men, injection drug users and other groups it considers high risk, saying that it does not ban the use of organs from these groups. Rather, the federal agency says, their organs are "excluded" from consideration for transplant unless a potential recipient authorizes their use...

Donors are also excluded if they have had a recent tattoo or piercing, are an inmate of a correctional facility, or have hemophilia and have received blood products.

One can discuss the merits of this policy, but only if the facts are correct.


These are only steps that insure that the organs and blood products are of good quality. Having lost a friend to poor quality blood products I don't see what the problem is myself.

These restrictions are much the same as for blood donations here in the states.

Take care