Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Online Auction of Reagan's Blood Draws Doctors' Scorn

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Online Auction of Reagan's Blood Draws Doctors' Scorn

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WASHINGTON -- How much is a drop of presidential blood worth?

An online auction site is hoping to find out by selling a vial that it claims was used to draw President Ronald Reagan's blood while he was recovering from the gunshot wound that nearly killed him in 1981. To top it off, the auction site says, "dried blood residue" is clearly visible inside the vial.

The auction drew the immediate scorn of doctors who treated the president, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation director threatened legal action to stop the sale, calling the auction a "craven act." John Heubusch, the foundation's executive director, said, "Any individual, including a president of the United States, should feel confident that once they enter into the care of a medical system, their privacy and rights are held inviolable."

The auction so far has garnered bids that have topped about $8,000, and it ends Thursday. The site, PFC Auctions, is based on the island of Guernsey, an autonomous British protectorate, in the English Channel. …

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