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Poots should drop blood ban now - McLaughlin

14 October, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said Health Minister Edwin Poots should now reverse the ban he placed on members of the gay community donating blood.

The Foyle MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

  “The Health Minister is now passing the buck to the English Health Secretary after Friday’s court ruling when the judge called his ban irrational.

“What Edwin Poots needs to do now is reverse the ban on the gay community donating life-saving blood. He should also save himself further embarrassment and stop wasting more public finances by putting a halt to his appeal of the court decision to allow civil partnerships and same sex couples to adopt.

“If the minister is worried about losing face by doing a u-turn on his discriminatory ban then he should take consolation in the fact that he will be doing the right thing.”

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