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Who wouldn’t want blood donated from gays in a time of need? Apparently Illinois Representative Mike Quigley wouldn’t mind along with Sen. John Kerry. Never mind the fact that a homosexual lifestyle is at a higher risk of blood transmitted diseases. They somehow see a higher risk to society as less important than higher risk individuals whose feelings are hurt because most people don’t want blood from them. Good thing these two law makers have so much time on their hands during the debt debate…

From Rep. Quigley’s Office:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for outlining concrete steps towards ending the outdated, discriminatory lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

In a question and answer document requested by Senator Kerry and Congressman Quigley, HHS laid out four final areas for additional study needed to implement a policy change and identified funding in two of the four areas.

“We’ve been working on this a long time in a serious way and I’m glad Secretary Sebelius responded with concrete steps to finally remove this policy from the books,” said Senator Kerry. “HHS is doing their due-diligence and we plan to stay focused on the end game – a safe blood supply and an end to this discriminatory ban.”

“This announcement by HHS means we’re moving in the direction of finally ending this antiquated and discriminatory policy,” said Quigley.  “Senator Kerry and I will continue to push for a behavior-based screening process both in the name of fairness and a safer blood supply.”

Get the full story here: Kerry, Quigley: HHS Moves to Revisit Outdated Gay Blood Donor Ban.

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