Submission on Bill S-252
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology is currently studying S-252 (Voluntary Blood Donations Act). The legislation proposes to ban nationally paid blood and plasma donations.
Blood plasma is the first body part in Canada that has been allowed for sale. Canada is only the fourth country in the world to pay plasma donors. The payment of donors goes against the advice of major international health organizations like the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, the European Blood Alliance and many others. It also goes against the advice of Canada’s Krever Inquiry which looked into ways to ensure that Canada never experienced a catastrophe like the 1980’s tainted blood scandal.
The Canadian Health Coalition supports this federal legislation that will ban the private sale of blood and ensure blood and plasma remain safe and public. Read our submission to the Senate committee here.