Saskatchewan man calls for changes in organ donations for gay men after late husband’s tissues disqualified

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12/04/2022

Saskatchewan resident Dwayne Belcourt is accusing the Saskatchewan Health Authority of discrimination because he says his late husband’s tissues were disqualified due to his same-sex relationship. On Aug. 30, Belcourt’s husband Merril Donkin died from stage four liver cancer. On the morning of his death, Belcourt said he received a call from the Saskatchewan Health Authority regarding tissue donations and was first told Donkin was a great candidate to be a tissue donor. An hour later, Belcourt said SHA called again. “They basically asked me if [Donkin] had intimate relations with a man in the last five years,” Belcourt explained.

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