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Gay Teen’s Eyes Can’t Be Donated After He Committed Suicide Because Antiquated Laws BAN Gay Men From Donating Parts Of Their Bodies!

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Get with the times, America!

While science continues to make advances, unfortunately our laws don't keep up with them!

16-year-old Alexander 'A.J.' Betts Jr. committed suicide in July 2013 after being outed as gay, months after becoming an organ donor. His heart, liver, and lungs were able to help people who needed them, but his eyes couldn’t be donated because of who he was!

The FDA made a rule decades ago that homosexual men couldn’t donate tissue, because of certain risk factors. The eyes are considered banned tissues.

However, now people like Glenn Cohen, a bioethics law professor for Harvard Law School, are speaking out! He said:

“We think it’s time for the FDA to take a serious look at this policy, because it’s out of step with peer countries, it’s out of step with modern medicine, it’s out of step with public opinion, and we feel it may be legally problematic.”

Heck yes it is!

Further, the law only applies to MEN and the American Medical Association voted to end the ban last year.

As for how it has affected the young teen’s family, hear his mom speak out about it (above)!

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7 comments to “Gay Teen’s Eyes Can’t Be Donated After He Committed Suicide Because Antiquated Laws BAN Gay Men From Donating Parts Of Their Bodies!”

  1. 1


    Please start a petition to force FDA to face antiquated rule.

  2. Frog says – reply to this


    This is sick. How was this ever a law?!? I would take anyone's organs. Morons.

  3. BJ says – reply to this


    WTF? America, I love your country, in fact, I would love to live there and give up the UK but really! Get it together, all love is equal

  4. KimLK says – reply to this


    Then why does the DMV ask anyone to be a organ donor? Doesn't make sense…that is how it is in Arkansas…just saying…

  5. Phoenix says – reply to this


    What a crock of shit. It's a bloody outrage. Boo to America's laws against gays. Boo to any countries laws against gays. May he rest in peace, poor young soul x

  6. Phoenix says – reply to this


    Re: MurielTSeibert
    Fuck off with your advertising. Grow a heart.

  7. 7

    Re: Phoenix – Flag her, I have been doing this, just click on the skeleton icon in the upper right hand corner of the post.