Student senate takes aim at ban on homosexual men giving blood

EUGENE, Ore. - The Associated Students of the University of Oregon Senate votes Wednesday night on a resolution condemning the FDA policy that bans homosexual men from donating blood.

The federal policy was implemented in 1983 when there wasn't a test to determine who had HIV.

Now blood clinics do administer tests before an individual gives blood.

"The resolution wouldn't change anything on campus, but it changes how we feel about the discrimination, we can say at least we don't condone it," said Robert Morus, University or Oregon student and a member of Oregonians for Blood Equality member.

If passed by the student Senate, the resolution would go to the University's faculty Senate, They would then decide whether or not to make a rule change.

Morus also said that Lane County is considering a similar resolution condemning the federal policy.

Lane Blood Center opposes the current policy; the American Red Cross calls it "unscientific"; and the American Medical Association is not in favor of the current policy, Morus said.

"When the resolution was introduced, every senator who was in attendance at the meeting signed on as a sponsor and I'm anticipating the vote to be unanimous," said ASUO Senator Andrew Lubash.

"This needs to be a grass roots movement to put pressure on the FDA and I think the AMA and student groups like the ASUO senate can really get the move on it and influence the legislators and hopefully try and put pressure on the FDA to change this policy," Lubash said.

San Jose State University has a policy banning blood drives on campus due to their schools anti-discrimination policy.