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Congressman Mike Honda Urges FDA to Overturn Ban on Gay Blood Donors
NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jul 7, 2014

Posted on 07/07/2014 2:19:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A Bay Area congressman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to lift the ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

Mike Honda (D-San Jose) started an online petition to try to get the FDA to overturn the ban. He says the ban is based on decades-old fears that have been discounted by science.

After holding a news conference Monday afternoon, Honda will be joined by other leaders - including Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and County Supervisor Dave Cortese - for a blood drive outside the county administration building on Hedding Street.

Honda's online petition has more than 51,000 signatures so far.

Family of Woman Hit by CHP Officer Plans to Sue The South Bay congressman is not the first Bay Area politician to take a stance against the law. In August 2013, then-mayor of Campbell Evan Low hosted a blood drive and tried to roll up his sleeves and donate. Low was turned away because he is gay.

Low said it was discrimination and called on the FDA to repeal the ban.

The FDA policy has been in place since 1977.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 07/07/2014 2:19:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Let him or his family be first in line to get blood from an unscreened blood donor...


2 posted on 07/07/2014 2:22:27 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: nickcarraway

Just because gays account for 2% of the population but 78% of all new cases of HIV and their lifestyle of promiscuity causes all sorts of diseases that shorten their lifespans is no reason not to dump their blood in with the population at large. /sarc


3 posted on 07/07/2014 2:22:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: nickcarraway

This is sick.
You are seeing the radical leftist “mind” at work.
They would rather have millions of normal people die miserable deaths, than have one of their favorite constituents be embarrassed an not being able to give blood.
Are democrats capable of passing this? I think so.


4 posted on 07/07/2014 2:22:49 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: nickcarraway

Just another example of the government deciding that their agenda is more important than whether you live or die.


5 posted on 07/07/2014 2:22:52 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: nickcarraway

I would think even gays would not want this.


6 posted on 07/07/2014 2:22:55 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: nickcarraway

Bad idea. People who engage in risky behavior should not be allowed into the donor pool. I am turned away because of a false positive. I understand why they must do that.You have to keep the risk down as low as possible.


7 posted on 07/07/2014 2:24:54 PM PDT by linn37
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To: nickcarraway

Just peachy. If any one knowingly donates blood contaminated with Aids, Hep C..etc. they will be charged with attempted murder. I suppose they forgot that part.


8 posted on 07/07/2014 2:25:08 PM PDT by pnut22
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, but heaven help you if you visited the UK ten years ago.


9 posted on 07/07/2014 2:27:00 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: nickcarraway

“He says the ban is based on decades-old fears that have been discounted by science.”

I swear I’m almost ready to punch the next leftist that pushes something insane by hiding behind this “science said so” bulls*it.


10 posted on 07/07/2014 2:27:10 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: I want the USA back

The LGBT community will not rest until they have broken every obstacle to their being considered normal. Of course, with everything else (like gay marriage) there is no smoking run to prove that it harms others. But changing this policy certainly will. If it ever comes down, you will see homosexuals coming out in mass to give blood with the peep-show like atmosphere of a gay pride parade. Except, this time, most people will understand that their health is at risk.

Problem is that any real-life consequences will be papered over by the MSM and attributed to something other than this ban being lifted. Any health professional who says otherwise will sacrifice their career and reputation.


11 posted on 07/07/2014 2:31:42 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Dr. Sivana

If you were in Britain for more than 3 months before Dec. 31st 1996, you cannot donate blood. I think there used to be an exception for vegetarians, but I am not sure now.


12 posted on 07/07/2014 2:33:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

13 posted on 07/07/2014 2:35:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nickcarraway

They might as well just stop screening altogether, and let recipients take their chances.


14 posted on 07/07/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, yeah, and force Christian bakeries to make cakes for them for after they donate.


15 posted on 07/07/2014 2:36:24 PM PDT by outofsalt
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To: Blood of Tyrants; linn37

There is only one way to make it fair. The government has to make sure the same percentage of straight people have AIDS as gay people.


16 posted on 07/07/2014 2:37:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Really? What science has discounted blood borne diseases from certain populations?


17 posted on 07/07/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: nickcarraway

...and Mikee and his family get gay blood?


18 posted on 07/07/2014 2:40:32 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: VanDeKoik

“He says the ban is based on decades-old fears that have been discounted by science.”

I swear I’m almost ready to punch the next leftist that pushes something insane by hiding behind this “science said so” bulls*it.

Tuburlosis and the black plague are hundreds of years old too but I damn sure wouldn’t want to get them


19 posted on 07/07/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: nickcarraway

From the CDC website:

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html

A chart with clear evidence that men having sex with men increases rate of infection.

And a statement (from our very own gubmint):

“Although MSM represent about 4% of the male population in the United States4, in 2010, MSM accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among males and 63% of all new infections”

(msm means men having sex with men)

Looking closer at the chart, being gay increases your risk by a factor of 12, over being a needle using junkie.


20 posted on 07/07/2014 2:42:28 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: nickcarraway

> Low said it was discrimination and called on the FDA to repeal the ban.

There are reasons that idiots get what’s coming to them and I see he is ripe for harvest...


21 posted on 07/07/2014 2:42:57 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: nascarnation

His pic explains much. His “insert brain” compartment is empty obviously.


22 posted on 07/07/2014 2:45:01 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: nickcarraway

How many countries let gays donate into their blood supply ???!?


23 posted on 07/07/2014 2:56:00 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: nickcarraway
Then folks receiving the blood should have the right to know if the donor was queer.

And if they become infected then donor, the local blood center, and the people who approved this contribution should be held legally liable for their decision.

No if, ands, or buts.

24 posted on 07/07/2014 2:57:03 PM PDT by A Cyrenian (Don't worry about stuffing the bus or filling the fridge. Try filling the Church.)
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To: nickcarraway

If this ban is overturned it is just more proof that the US Government is practicing biological warfare against its citizens. Kinda like inviting a bunch of illegal invaders with serious communicable diseases to cross out southern border and then sending them all over the country w/o screening or treatment.

Its just not fair that some “folks” don’t participate in owebama’s plans to “spread the diseases around”. now that everyone has owebamacare what could possibly go wrong?


25 posted on 07/07/2014 3:16:05 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: lacrew

“Looking closer at the chart, being gay increases your risk by a factor of 12, over being a needle using junkie.”

Even eliminating AIDS from the picture, a male who has sex with a male has, on average, a 24 year shorter lifespan than a comparable other male.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1811137/posts

A smoker, for comparison, shortens his life by 7.


26 posted on 07/07/2014 3:18:44 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca
Even eliminating AIDS from the picture, a male who has sex with a male has, on average, a 24 year shorter lifespan than a comparable other male.

Even though they are much richer?

27 posted on 07/07/2014 3:22:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Jewbacca

Interesting. Won’t see that on the evening news.


28 posted on 07/07/2014 3:26:42 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: nickcarraway

I am not aware that gays are “richer,” although I bet they have higher disposable income because they are not “savers” and also generally don’t support children.


29 posted on 07/07/2014 3:27:12 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: nickcarraway

I wouldn’t put it past them.


30 posted on 07/07/2014 3:39:48 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: tips up

Homosexuals can already donate their filthy blood. They just have to lie on the questionnaire about being a degenerate.


31 posted on 07/07/2014 3:40:28 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: nickcarraway

The concern on giving blood is for the potential recipient, not the donor. Really, in such a serious issue, who cares what you (gays) think? It’s not about you. Why do you care so much? You don’t, just want to raise a stink and endanger lives.


32 posted on 07/07/2014 3:45:08 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: lacrew

“nteresting. Won’t see that on the evening news.”

Nope. The science behind the studies is very sound, but political suicide to touch.

The MSM articles mock the science because it comes from various conservative groups, but do not touch the fact that it is true.


33 posted on 07/07/2014 3:45:26 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: nickcarraway

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34 posted on 07/07/2014 4:24:47 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Stop beating around the bush.


35 posted on 07/07/2014 4:29:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Okay.

My brother died of AIDS. Many of his friends succumbed to Kaposi’s Sarcoma as well.

I would not like to see their pestilences spread among the general population of people
who are decent and do not use themselves perversely.


36 posted on 07/07/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a point.


37 posted on 07/07/2014 4:43:57 PM PDT by angryoldfatman
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To: nickcarraway
And the ban on illegal immigrant donors.

The more charter Americans we can get infected with something, the sooner we can take over the place.

38 posted on 07/07/2014 4:47:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: nickcarraway

You first....

Didn’t think so.


39 posted on 07/07/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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