It is a crime in Tennessee to fail to provide medical care to children, with an exception, known as the Spiritual Treatment Exemption Act.
One possible use would be if a parent refuses a blood transfusion after an accident then custody of the child could be transferred to the state to allow the transfusion then transferred back to the parent, said Briggs, referencing occasions if the parent is a Jehovah’s Witness and opposed to transfusions, even in life-saving circumstances.
“This is really to protect the child,” Briggs said. Continue reading
Pretoria – After a healthy pregnancy, the last thing a 26-year-old Gauteng woman thought would happen when she gave birth was losing her womb – and nearly her life.
Despite being a Jehovah’s Witness, who forbid the practice of blood transfusions, doctors had to move to save her life by giving her blood. Continue reading
Given Dennis’s rough start in life, Diekema said he wondered if Dennis was refusing blood to maintain his relationship with his aunt and his standing in a church community that provided him social support and nurture.
“He may not feel as obligated to make that same decision when he’s 30,” Diekema said.
One afternoon, Lindberg said, she called the oncology ward to speak with Dennis. The nurse who answered the phone told her that Jehovah’s Witnesses sat with Dennis day and night. The nurse said she had heard a Witness tell Dennis that accepting blood would make him unclean.
“Mrs. Lindberg,” the nurse said, “I’m telling you this because I’m a grandmother, and what they’re doing to your grandson is unforgivable.”
Diekema, the ethicist, told me he hoped there wouldn’t be another case like this one.
“A life was extinguished,” he told me when we met at the Starbucks at Children’s. For him that was the bottom line: A kid died when he didn’t have to.
Diekema quoted a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1944, a case that involved Jehovah’s Witness children: “Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children.” Continue reading
Teens as young as 12 can make their own medical decisions in certain states.
That’s because of the mature minor doctrine. The doctrine allows teens to get abortions, mental health care and drug treatment without their parents’ permission.
But the doctrine has a flip side: What happens when teens refuse care that would save their lives? Continue reading
Perhaps patients who are Jehovah’s Witnesses are not making decisions based on faith but instead are making decisions based on fear…..
We are free to refuse consent for medical treatments. The ability to exercise our free will requires a non-coercive environment. Continue reading
Ghana: A-G Must Intervene in Jehovah’s Witnesses Bunkum
The leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses sect in Ghana appears to have gone bananas with their contentious doctrine that bars members from accepting blood transfusions even at the point of death.
They have drummed this obvious murder they are masquerading as religious teachings into the heads of their members, to the extent that they would never accept blood transfusions from doctors who want to save their lives.
JME; Refusal of potentially life-saving blood transfusions by Jehovah’s Witnesses: should doctors explain that not all JWs think it’s religiously required?