Thursday, May 6, 2010

Banning Blood Drives

San Jose State University has suspended all blood drives on its campus "based on the view that the FDA’s ban on donation by men who have had sex with men since 1977 violates the school's antidiscrimination policy." Eugene Volokh has an excellent piece that questions such a move, regardless of whether such a policy is sound. He also compares it with past attempts to bar military recruiters from college campuses, and says that banning blood drives and recruiters is a symbolic gesture that cannot outweigh the importance of "those institutions that protect our lives..."

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