Quebec judge orders blood transfusions for twins of Jehovah’s Witness parents
Thursday May 24, 2007
A Quebec judge has ordered a Quebec City hospital to give premature twins a blood transfusion despite the objections of their Jehovah’s Witness parents.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean Bouchard ruled Wednesday that the hospital should continue with the procedure after doctors treating the babies were able to demonstrate the severity of the situation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood
“[T]he Jehovah’s Witnesses organization prohibits the use of blood transfusions. Individual Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to die or let their children die, rather than break this command, even though the Scriptures nowhere teach that blood transfusions are wrong.”
– Four Dangers of the Jehovah’s Witness Organization
Dr. Sylvie Belanger and Dr. Genevieve Piuze told the court that blood transfusions were necessary to keep the twins alive and to avoid brain damage.
A doctor who is a Jehovah’s Witness testified on the parents behalf that alternatives to transfusion were available.
The twins were born by caesarean birth last Thursday following a 25-week pregnancy.
The parents say they are willing to co-operate with the decision.
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