Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions? It’s part of their religious beliefs.
That answer mustn’t be clear enough for the High Court, which (again) has ruled that doctors, this time at Cork University Hospital, may give a life-saving blood transfusion to premature, severely anaemic twins whose parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The 32-year-old mother of the twins told the High Court she wants the doctors to use an alternative to blood transfusion.
Last year, in a similar case, the Master of the Coombe Women’s Hospital sought a court order to give a mother a life-saving blood transfusion.
The woman later rejected the action on the grounds that it breached her rights under the European Convention of Human Rights. She took the Coombe Hospital to court – for saving her life.
Today, the High Court again ruled against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, saying the hospital acted lawfully.
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, most doctors will be practising ‘blood free’ medicine in the future.
It is forbidden to ingest someone else’s blood into the mouth or the veins, according to their interpretation of the Bible.
See if you can’t hear a slightly racist justification in this video.