Leslie Sinclair has been donating his blood for a long time throughout his life. Over the course of many donations, he has given as much as 125 pints of blood to people who are in desperate need of it. However, he decided to stop donating blood when he was asked a very simple question during his latest visit to the donation clinic.
The offensive question that has made Sinclair quit donating blood was whether or not he was pregnant. According to the 66-year-old former blood donor, he was given a sheet to fill out that asked him whether he was pregnant or had been pregnant during the past six months. He was immediately offended by the question and did not understand why a man in his sixties would be given such a question in the first place.
Sinclair told the staff that he would not answer the pregnancy question. They informed him that if he was not going to fill out the entire questionnaire, then they were not going to be able to take his blood for the donation. In other words, someone might have to go without blood because the blood donation center had asked Sinclair, a man in his sixties, whether he was pregnant or had recently been pregnant.
The incident took place in Great Britain, where NHS England decided to include the pregnancy question to “promote inclusiveness” and because pregnancy is “not always visually clear.”
When his donation was refused, Sinclair stormed off and then decided to share his story with the media because he felt it was so “nonsensical.”
“I am angry because I have been giving blood since I was 18 and have regularly gone along. I’m very happy to do so without any problem,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair is a father of two and lives in Scottland.
“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.”
He added, “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. I told them that was stupid and that if I had to leave, I wouldn’t be back, and that was it. I got on my bike and cycled away. It is nonsensical, and it makes me angry because there are vulnerable people waiting for blood, including children, and in desperate need of help. But they’ve been denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that can’t possibly be answered.”
Meanwhile, Sinclair’s wife, 59-year-old Margaret, agrees with her husband and says, “She just can’t understand it either.”
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