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FDA to Implement Gay Sperm Donor Rules
NEW YORK (AP) — To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.
The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight.

Regardless of one’s take on the whole gay issue, I would think this is going to be extremely hard to enforce. And I wholeheartedly agree that it’s discriminatory, especially since they’d still allow sperm from the pond scum that would do this: Come on…if you’re going to protect the public, then PROTECT the public.

7 Responses to “Nothing From You, Thank You”

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    Err, I’m shocked that they would do such a thing. I think it’s the correct decision, mind you, but shocked none the less. I would assume that the FDA has data showing that gay men are far far more likely to be HIV positive, and if there are legitimate concerns that the screening process might not be completely effective, than it makes sense to eliminate the donor group that cn cause the biggest problems.

  2. I thought you’d be far more disturbed by another Lynndie England photograph.

  3. The Washington Times is using a ‘mad cow so no one who’s been to England in the past six months can donate’ example, which also makes sense.
    “We like to have a system in place where we don’t just rely on one thing. While there have been tremendous improvements in laboratory testing, they’re not foolproof,” Dr. Goodman said. “For that reason, we routinely exclude populations where sound scientific evidence shows that there could be a risk to the person receiving the donation.”
    He insisted that homosexuals weren’t being singled out.
    “We’re concerned about blood and tissue donors from the United Kingdom who may have been exposed to mad cow disease, so we may exclude donors who have been to Great Britain in the past six months,” Dr. Goodman said.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    I thought you’d be far more disturbed by another Lynndie England photograph.
    I thought I’d had enough beer to protect me..but I now realize I haven’t.

  5. Ken Summers says:

    Go vote now, Bingley!

  6. Mr. Summers, there’s twisted genius in how you find these things. I salute you.
    (Yeah, Bingster, go vote {8^O )

  7. Ken Summers says:

    Hey, don’t call me a twisted genius. Jeff Goldstein found it. Now there’s a twisted genius.

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