(PresidentialHill.com)- A 66-year-old Scottish blood donor was turned away from a clinic after he refused to answer a question on whether or not he was pregnant.
Leslie Sinclair, who has been donating blood for nearly 50 years, was instructed to complete a form that included questions about whether he was currently expecting a child or had been pregnant in the last six months.
When he complained about the questions, noting the obvious fact that he is a male, Sinclair said staff at the clinic told him they would not accept his blood donation unless he completed the questions.
We truly live in Clown World.
Earlier this month, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) launched a blood drive hoping to find 16,000 new donors in the next year.
Great Britain’s National Health Service is looking to recruit a million new blood donors in the next five years to make up for the drop-off in donations that occurred during the COVID pandemic.
So clearly, the UK wants blood donations. Why on earth would they turn someone away who wants to give blood over something as insane as his refusal to say if HE had ever been pregnant?
Sinclair told the UK Daily Mail that it was “nonsensical” that the SNBTS refused to take his blood. He said he has been a regular blood donor since he was 18. While he has always been required to fill out forms, they used to only ask about medical conditions and diseases.
Sinclair told the Mail that when vulnerable people are desperately needing blood, it was nonsensical for the SNBTS to refuse to accept his donation over an “obligation to answer a question that can’t possibly be answered.”
The SNBTS included the pregnancy questions for all donors regardless of whether they have the requisite baby-making equipment as a way to “promote inclusiveness” and because pregnancy is “not always visually clear.”
SNBTS director, professor Marc Turner defended the questions, telling the Mail that it isn’t always “visually clear” to staffers if a donor is a biological female. He said the SNBTS is cognizant of “changes in society” and tries to find a way to ask these questions without appearing discriminatory. He said because the SNBTS has “a duty to promote inclusiveness” all donors, regardless of biological sex, are asked the same questions.