Man, 66, says he was turned away from donating blood after he refused to answer if he was pregnant

A male retiree who says he has regularly donated blood for five decades was rejected at his most recent appointment when he refused to answer an irrelevant, but now standard, pregnancy-related question contained in the required screening paperwork.

Leslie Sinclair, 66, reportedly has generously donated 125 pints of blood over his lifetime, but the “inclusive” Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service more or less cancelled him for standing on principle when he declined to respond to that particular gender-neutral entry on the pre-donation questionnaire.

“There is always a form to fill in and that’s fine – they tend to ask about medical conditions or diseases – and clearly that’s because the blood needs to be safe. This time around, there was a question I hadn’t seen before: ‘Are you pregnant, or have you been in the last six months?’ which required a yes or no answer,” Sinclair told the Daily Mail. “‘I pointed out to the staff that it was impossible for me to be in that position but I was told that I would need to answer, otherwise I couldn’t give blood.”

Sinclair, who described the situation as “stupid” and “nonsensical,” left the venue,  jumped on his bike, and pedaled back to his residence in central Scotland.

The public-spirited senior also mentioned that the policy could potentially deny blood to patients, including children, who are in desperate need of a transfusion in the hospital. He apparently no longer plans to donate in the future.

“[T]hey’ve been denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that can’t possibly be answered,” Sinclair asserted in summary.

Thanking Sinclair for his longtime commitment, Prof. Marc Turner, the SNBTS director since January 2022, claimed that “Whilst pregnancy is only a relevant question to those whose biological sex or sex assigned at birth is female, sex assigned at birth is not always visually clear to staff. As a public body we take cognizance of changes in society around how such questions may be asked without discrimination and have a duty to promote inclusiveness – therefore all donors are now asked the same questions.”

SNBTS is partnering with the U.K.’s government-run National Health Service to address a shortage in blood donors.

On its website, the organization declares that “Our key priority is to ensure that NHSScotland has enough blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Scotland.”

“With ‘pregnant men’ becoming the new forefront for rights from radical progressives, the rigid viewpoint continues to exclude ordinary people who refuse to conform to the new belief,” Outkick noted.

Or as Dr. Oz, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania has contended (although in the COVID context), “When you mix medicine and politics, you get politics.”

In this case, it amounts to identity politics from the far left that seems to have captured the bureaucracies of many Western institutions, including those which profess to be following science.

As a practical matter, the Scotland-based organization could have perhaps preempted the controversy in the first place by adding an N/A (not applicable) option to that particular question.

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