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Reform is a Slow Process

It seems no matter how hard we try, creating positive reform takes longer than any one would like. But slowly, we are moving the conversation on the #GayBloodBan from one of fear to one of science and humanity. Despite the FDA’s reluctance on reforming their policy, I do believe we are edging closer to bringing […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: The FDA’s Failure to Change Fear-Based Policy

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate and former candidate for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s inaction on reducing the gay blood ban: “Despite a mountain of scientific evidence, the FDA will continue their pattern of ignorance rooted […]

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News: Gay Blood Ban Will Remain

The Hill: Panel: Too many risks to lift ban on blood donations by gay men Excerpt: Members of an advisory panel on blood safety are arguing it would be risky to lift a 1980s-era ban on blood donations by gay men. The experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration are pushing back, as the […]

The Hill

Press: FDA Gay Blood Ban Meeting

The Hill, the newspaper for and about Congress, breaking stories from Capitol Hill, K Street and the White House, recently interviewed me for the upcoming meeting about the gay blood ban. Excerpt: As he was filling out the form, he was shocked when he read a question asking if he had had sex with men. […]

Blood Donations

News: HHS Mulls Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban

News via, Excerpt: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now evaluating data that could determine whether to continue a ban that prohibits men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. In an email to MedPage Today, an FDA spokesperson said HHS has completed studies recommended by its Advisory Committee […]

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News: Gay Blood Ban Hits Life-Saving Organ Donations

Excerpt: A portion of a deceased teen’s organ donation has been rejected because he was gay. But a Food and Drug Administration policy, which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, has barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes in life, reports Des Moines TV station KCCI. Source: Advocate: After […]