A gay minister will push the Australian Labor Party to remove the ban on gay blood donations, or at least revise the law.
It currently states that gay men can not donate blood unless they abstain from sex for one year. Andrew Barr, Canberra’s chief minister, wants the party to either reduce the time to three months, or remove it all together, according to Gay Star News.
“The current 12-month deferral period for men who have sex with men is excessive and beyond what is required to maintain a safe blood supply,” Barr said, reported Gay Star News. “Labor will seek to reduce or eliminate the deferral period for men who have sex with men. This will increase blood supply and reduce inequality and social harm caused by this discriminatory policy.”