Man Says He Was Barred From Donating Blood After Refusing to Answer If He Was Pregnant

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A Scottish man who has been donating blood for decades was recently turned away from doing so when he refused to answer if he was or had recently been pregnant.

Leslie Sinclair, 66, told The Daily Mail that he should not have to answer such a question but was told he wouldn’t be allowed to donate blood if he did not.

According to the Mail, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, which is experiencing a shortage of blood currently, is asking the question to “promote inclusiveness” and also because a pregnant state is “not always visually clear.”

Sinclair, however, thought that being asked if he was pregnant was “stupid.”

“I indicated to the staff that I could not be in this position, but they told me that I must answer, otherwise I would not be able to donate blood,” Sinclair, who has given 125 pints of blood over the last 50 years, told the Mail. “I told them that it was stupid and that if I had to leave I would not come back and that was it, I got on my bike and left.”

And so he left.

“It makes no sense and makes me angry because there are vulnerable people who are waiting for blood, including children, and are in desperate need of help,” he said of the requirements. “But they were denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that cannot be answered.”

“They were denied my blood because of an obligation to answer a question that cannot be answered,” he said.

It was only a few years ago that the concept of using more “inclusive” language to refer to pregnancy first emerged from the UK’s public health apparatus, with the suggestion that “pregnant person” be used to refer to expectant mothers so as to not offend transgender women who identify as men and still fall pregnant.

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