Alexander ‘A.J.’, Betts Jr. took his own life at the age of 16. The young man from Pleasant Hills Iowa reportedly was tormented for nearly two years after he came out as gay in high school. The teen, though, before committing suicide, became an organ donor. A 14-year-old boy received his heart, but when his eyes were to be donated to give someone the gift of sight, the FDA denied the transplant. The reasoning, men who have had sex with men in the last year are ineligible to donate certain tissue. ‘My initial feeling was just very angry because I couldn’t understand why my 16-year-old son’s eyes couldn’t be donated just because he was gay,’ mother Sheryl Moore told KCCI. The law is leftover from the AIDS crisis, which bans the donation of tissue that may spread communicable diseases.
It’s time for this to end now!