SJR 26 responds to the FDA’s pending reconsideration of the current guidelines by calling on President Obama to encourage the Secretary of Health and Human services to direct the FDA to replace outdated standards that focus on sexual orientation with modern science-based guidelines that focus on risk factors associated with individual behavior.
This resolution would make clear that California’s elected leaders join medical and community groups alike in urging development of science-based guidelines for blood donation that focus on risk-assessment of individuals instead of stigmatizing standards that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men.
Status: Passed by California Senate, August 11, 2016
Author: Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Kevin de León