George Smitherman is the Minister of Health in Ontario. He is also openly gay. Now he has criticized Health Canada for “ghettoizing communities” by applying rigid rules making it difficult for homosexuals to become organ donors.
Health Canada responded organ recipients should be aware of the risks and this means if they want to accept an organ from a sexually active gay man there is a higher risk.
Health Minister Smitherman doesn’t buy it. “Surely our doctors are able to judge the risks by a prospective donor without resorting to ghettoizing communities. Why would a regulation be written that ropes off prospective donors?”
But Health Canada insists some groups pose a higher risk. These include men who have had sex with another man even once in the past five years.
Do you think gay men should be able to give organ transplants the same as anybody else?
Or should there be government restrictions on gay men giving organs?
Or should the whole matter be left with the recipient and the doctor in the case?