A health center in the Scottish city of Stirling has banned a man from donating blood who refused to answer a question about whether he was pregnant.
According to the Daily Mail, staff at the Albert Halls clinic asked Leslie Sinclair, a 66-year-old retiree, to confirm on a blood donor questionnaire whether she was expecting a child or had been pregnant in the last six months. months.
Sinclair indicated that the question did not apply to him, as he was male and therefore did not need to be answered. After his refusal, the donation center notified him that they would not accept his blood.
“I’m angry because I’ve been donating blood regularly since I was 18 years old,” Sinclair said, adding that on the form “they tend to ask about medical conditions or illnesses, and clearly that’s because the blood has to be safe.” However, he assured that on this occasion “there was a question that he had not seen before: ‘Are you pregnant or have you been in the last six months?’ .
The Scottish retiree told the clinic employees that the situation “was impossible” for him, however, they told him that “he would have to respond” or, otherwise, the medical procedure could not be carried out.
Sinclair said he found the move “absurd” because there are “vulnerable people waiting for blood, including children, who desperately need help.” “But they have been denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that cannot possibly be answered,” he concluded.
For his part, the director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), Marc Turner, thanked Sinclair “for his commitment over many years”, but added that the question regarding pregnancy is important for women. people “whose biological sex or sex assigned at birth is female”, clarifying that “the sex assigned at birth is not always visually clear to staff”.
“As a public body, we are aware of the changes in society around how such questions can be asked without discrimination and we have a duty to promote inclusion; therefore, all donors are now being asked the same questions,” he stated.