Blood Equity

September 8, 2013

Prepared by Jim Enos

Today, in our Canadian culture, there are those who use the term “Equity” to encapsulate all cultures, all worldviews, all lifestyles, all beliefs and all behaviours as equally moral and valid. One Ontario public school board presentation on equity included a power point slide which stated that, “no culture is wrong.” If this was true then honour killing would be honourable and cannibalism would be just another way to eat.  This false equity ideology has been pushed for about 10 years or so in the public school systems and created an environment of totalitarianism - bow to Caesar on this or face the lions.

In the past two years, the equity ideology has become blatantly dangerous as gay activists have been pushing to have the blood of males who have had sex with males (MSM) accepted with the blood of all other donors in the name of equity.  To place on a ban on the MSM groups, they cry, is discriminatory and hurtful.

During the fall of 2012, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) did apply to Health Canada to reduce what was essentially a life-time ban on MSM blood donors.  Their request was to only ban MSM who have had sex with another male in the past year; all other MSM blood would be welcome. The life-time ban was put in place because of the well documented and unchanging relationship between MSM and HIV infection.  The Ontario Ministry of Health identified that the HIV prevalence rate for MSM in the Region of Toronto in 2008 was 21.9% which is greater than 1 in 5.  This rate is more than 200 times greater than males from non-endemic countries who have contracted HIV heterosexually.

Health Canada responded with a ban on males who have had sex with males in the past 5 years.

In a letter from a gay activist to the Minister of Health that was previously posted on the CBS website was the following:

Of course this is only a step and by no means the end when it comes to the MSM policy.  The queer community of Canada will not rest until this is removed completely and MSM who practise safe sex are allowed to donate blood and blood by-products across Canada without facing unnecessary discrimination.  We would like to see another step with a one-year deferral no later than three years from this date and complete removal no later than 2020.

The queer community has gained many rights here in Canada and this is one of the last rights we wish to have, the right to donate blood”.

In South Africa, the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) refused to lower the ban on MSM donors below the 5 year level that they set in keeping with World Health Organization guidelines.   The Gay and Lesbian Alliance said its members would lie when the question was asked “Have you had male to male sex in the past 5 years?” The Alliance’s spokesperson described the question as “humiliating, offensive and an insult to gay men”. He said that all blood should be treated equally.  The aim of the Alliance was to flood the blood services with 70,000 units of their blood.

The SANBS spokesperson said that though they do have the best testing systems in place, no machine in the world can detect HIV during the “window period” that follows the transmission of HIV.

Equity is an ideology based upon a wish list; it has nothing to do with evidence or reality.

Governance must be based upon reality and backed by evidence, not a wish list.

The transcending and unchanging moral guidelines revealed to mankind since creation are the best way by which mankind can live and evidence bears this out – anything else is wishful ideology.


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