Mississippi lowering age to start blood donations

Published 11:54 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Starting this summer, a Mississippi law will lower the age at which people can start giving blood.

State law has specified that donations could start at age 17.

Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill Friday that says the voluntary blood donations can begin at 16. The bill becomes law July 1.

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A minor who wants to donate blood still needs written permission from a parent or guardian.

The bill is House Bill 150.