(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), incoming Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration announced a change to the blood donation policy regarding men who have sex with men:
“Today’s announcement is a welcome step in the right direction, however, I am disappointed that low-risk gay men are still being discriminated against with this outdated policy. Healthy Americans who don’t engage in risky behavior, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the opportunity to donate blood and help in the effort to save lives. I look forward to working with Secretary Burwell to build on the step taken today by removing this discriminatory ban while keeping our blood supply safe.”
Senator Murray has previously called for a reexamination of the outdated policy.