It’s a rule that hasn’t been changed since 1996, but the way it works is changing.
It’s the result of a court ruling that requires blood donations from people who are under age 18 to be taken in person and checked for any disease that might have caused the donor’s death.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the state has no legal right to require people to donate blood under age 21, and the law was overturned last year.
“You are now in a situation where the law has not been upheld, so if you are a young person who has just started a family and you have a serious blood infection, it would be better to donate to someone younger, who might not be able to make the donation,” said Dr. Scott M. Smith, director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
A blood donation is considered a public health emergency, so blood banks must immediately notify authorities if the donor has any serious medical conditions.
The decision by the Supreme Court came after a coalition of organizations including the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association, along with a handful of medical experts, wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Attorney General Lisa Madigan asking them to reverse the ruling.
The groups wrote that the law violates the constitutional right to privacy and could lead to thousands of innocent people being charged with crimes because they did not know their donors were under 18.
“The laws that the Legislature passed and the governor signed, which were intended to protect the public health, were never meant to be used to punish people for making the wrong decision,” said Sarah D. Binder, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
But the ACLU argued that the ruling is still wrong, and that there is still no law against age-old practices that are legal under the law.
There are exceptions for medical emergencies that could result in the need to donate organs or blood, but those are limited, and most people are already familiar with the legal system’s process for determining when to donate, said attorney Lisa R. Breslau.
The law is unclear as to whether it applies to those who are over the age of 18.
If it does, it could potentially be interpreted as making it easier for underage donors to donate than adults, said Dr, Michael R. Crain, an emergency physician at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
What to know if you donate blood:Donations are considered public health emergencies under Pennsylvania law, so any person who is under age 15 can donate blood.
It is legal for anyone under age 13 to donate in Pennsylvania.
Anyone who has a blood infection must take a blood test.
Those who have not had a blood transfusion for at least three days can donate if the blood test indicates the infection is very minor, and they are not allergic to the donor or the person giving the blood.
If you don’t have a prescription for blood or don’t feel comfortable giving blood, you can also get a sample of your own blood, and a blood donation must be approved by the blood bank, which is usually located at the front desk of the blood donation center.
People who are less than 18 can donate through the health department.
It does not require that they get a prescription.
Anyone who doesn’t have insurance and has a pre-existing condition is not covered, according to the attorney general.
You can donate any type of blood in any quantity, including the type that comes from your own body, as long as it’s not too big or too small, said Dori R. Jones, a medical ethicist at New York University.
Dr. Smith said people should always follow the rules that govern blood donations.
If they’re not sure, don’t do it, he said.
Some states have already changed their laws to limit the amount of blood that can be donated, including Pennsylvania, which allows donations up to 4,000 units per person.