Israeli Blood Drives Drop LGBTQ-friendly Wording Amid Pressure From Religious Groups

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11/16/2021

Israel’s Magen David Adom blood bank will restore the original wording of its forms for blood donors, after pressure from religious groups over the use of gender-neutral terminology. The questionnaire for donors will once again have the words “father” and “mother” under the boxes that ask where the donor’s parents were born, instead of the recent change to “parent 1” and “parent 2.” Officials from the rescue service said the “parent” wording change in the forms, which took effect on October 1, led to thousands of cancellations by blood donors, including blood drives conducted in many Haredi yeshivas – as well as complaints from people who were against this specific change. As a result, the original forms with the words “mother” and “father” will be brought back starting next week.

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