Gay Blood Donation Ban Is Ineffective, Health Canada Documents Show

The New Democratic Party first began raising problems with the blood ban in 2008, and have consistently campaigned against it. In October, their health critic Don Davies put the question to Rob Oliphant, a Liberal MP who is, himself, gay and therefore banned from donating.

The ban, “is not based on science but on stereotype,” Davies argued. “We allow a sexually promiscuous heterosexual man who engages in dangerous activities to donate blood, but two gay men in a loving, stable, monogamous relationship are not allowed.” He called that the “most base stigmatization.”