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DUP blood donation ban must be abandoned immediately - McLaughlin

5 February, 2015 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA and health spokesperson, Maeve McLaughlin, has stated the appeal lodged by the Health Minister Jim Wells against gay men giving blood must be dropped immediately.  

His call follows the revelation that the department of health has no evidence. 

Speaking today Ms McLaughlin said:

“People were clearly amazed when it was revealed the department of health have no evidence to support the continuation of an outright ban on gay men giving blood in the north of Ireland.

“The minister has chosen to challenge in the courts what a judge has called an ‘irrational decision’ which is ‘infected with apparent bias’. 

“This only reinforces the very clear perception in the mind of the public that this decision, by subsequent DUP health ministers, is being made in terms of personal religious beliefs rather than medical evidence.

“What we see is public money being flushed away by the health minister to go to court despite having no evidence to present.

“This legal challenge by the department should be withdrawn immediately. It is clear that any blood donated from anyone is thoroughly screened yet here we have a health minister operating on bias rather than fact.”

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