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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 

"Mother and Father" should be restored to MDA blood donation forms

Knesset member Avi Maoz has a point when it comes to recognizing the validity of mothers and fathers:
Noam Party leader MK Avi Maoz called on Israel’s Health Ministry to end the severe blood donation shortage by listing the words “mother” and “father” on the donation forms, rather than “parent.”

In a letter sent to Health Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur on Tuesday morning, the far-right MK alleged that the update made to Magen David Adom blood donation forms last year to allow a donor to input details for “parent one and parent two” rather than “mother and father” was the reason for the severe shortage of blood donations in Israel in recent months.

“More than a year ago, the MDA blood bank decided to change the lines ‘father’s country of origin’ and ‘mother’s country of origin’ to ‘parent’s country of origin 1’ and ‘parent’s country of origin 2’ in the blood donation forms,” he wrote in the letter to Health Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur.
Let us take a moment to note how the Jerusalem Post couldn't resist calling Maoz "far-right". This is shameful as usual, and goes entirely without saying. Also, it so happens that by supporting use of "mother and father", he's being favorable to women. When the previous health minister from Meretz had those terms omitted, he was doing it for the sake of the PC mindset many leftists are advocating now.
“As you know, there is a serious crisis in the MDA blood bank, and they are contacting potential donors every day in order to convince them to come and donate blood,” Maoz continued. “There are thousands of donors who wish to donate blood but ask to be allowed to do so with the original forms in which the names ‘mother and father’ appear.

“Apparently, following a public protest, the blood bank decided to completely omit the question about the parent’s country of origin, although the vice president of blood services admitted in a conversation presented to me by the Knesset Health Committee, that this data is still needed from a health point of view.”

In response to Maoz’s comments, MDA told The Jerusalem Post that blood donation forms do not require the donor to disclose any information about their parents’ background and that the forms no longer feature the words mother, father, or even parent, as the advanced technology no longer requires it.

“Historically, it was very important for Magen David Adom to know the ethnic backgrounds of parents for blood screening,” an MDA spokesperson said. “With modern technology available to type blood, this is no longer necessary. There is no longer any reference to parents on our medical questionnaire and there has not been for some time. Our only agenda is saving lives in Israel.”
And this still sounds like too much of an excuse to avoid use of the terms entirely. The MDA is being pathetic and cowardly. All this does is compound the need to restore "mother and father" to the forms, to make clear it's unacceptable that scientific terms be discarded to fit a politically correct, Orwellian agenda.

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