This issue has been discussed to the death on numerous platforms, and it’s difficult to see what benefit can inure from such an evidently harmful principle.
A pregnant Jehovah’s Witness from Australia lost her baby, and then died a short while later after doctors diagnosed her with leukaemia and told her she needed surgery; but she refused blood transfusion on religious grounds.
According to MailOnline, doctors told the 28 year old she could give birth via c-section, and would need chemotherapy as well; both processes requiring blood transfusion.
Her refusal to consent to the transfusion meant doctors were helpless to help her, and her baby died three days later. She died a short while later herself, after suffering a stroke and multi organ failure.
Her doctors believed her life, and the baby’s, could have been saved if she had undergone the procedures as advised. Statistics show that 83% of pregnant leukaemia patients go into remission if treated.
People should and do have freedom of religion, but personally if a belief should be proven to be harmful, as this particular belief has shown itself to be; there is a responsibility on the law to overrule such choices.
A judge in the UK took the choice out of a mum’s hands when a similar case was going to leave the child without much needed treatment. Unfortunately, the foetus isn’t a baby yet so his mom had the power to make all choices affecting his/her life.
If God didn’t save her and her foetus, and hasn’t saved any of the Witnesses who ever took this absurd stance; maybe it’s time people realise God has no interest in this world as we believe. Something that should be self evident if you take two seconds to survey the suffering this world is laden with.