A 66 year old man has been donating blood for over nearly 50 years. He received a new form to fill in that asked if he was pregnant. He refused to answer the question to make a point and the clinic turned him away. The clinic lost life saving blood from a long time donor. The NHS thanked him for his support and said that biological sex is not always visually clear and that they have a duty to promote inclusiveness. So I looked up Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and to my surprise their eligibility questionnaire a) does not ask if a person is male or female, and b) has a forced yes or no question for whether a person is pregnant with a picture of what appears to be a long haired lady breastfeeding.
Questionnaire is at:
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- Don't let a question on a form stop you from giving life saving blood.
- This is wokeness gone mad.
- I won't give blood after this.
- There should be a "not applicable" box.
My view is that the main mission of collecting blood is to save lives and it's not about promoting inclusiveness. They should be focused on science and not turning donors away. I think that a 'not applicable' box is a good catch all third option that can then trigger a human assessment before the person gives blood. In that way a human can with sensitivity assess if the person is biologically pregnant or not regardless of external gender appearance.
It will be terrible for a war over political correctness to deprive blood donations. Every drop is precious and given out of kindness.
What do you think?
PS: What if a person cannot be biologically pregnant but identifies as pregnant?