Mom Criticizes Blood Donor Questions in Schools

Mom Criticizes Blood Donor Questions in Schools

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Orem mother says blood drives in Utah schools should be changed because the questions medical technicians have to ask students are too racy.

Diane Ogborn, a 37-year-old mother of four, appealed to the state Board of Education to halt Red Cross blood drives because some of the donor questions deal with sex.

The questions are necessary to keep potential donors with HIV from giving blood. They deal with the donors' sexual history and whether the person has had any potential sexual contact with a homosexual partner.

The mother says that's nothing that Utah students need to hear. She says it might even be against the law.

School board attorneys say that's not true.

The Board of Education refused to put Utah schools off-limits to blood drives because of the questions. But they did agree to write a policy requiring drive organizers to tell parents what kind of questions their kids might be asked.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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