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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileJehovah's Witnesses facing the decision of whether to receive a blood transfusion are in no position to make a free and informed refusal of the procedure, alleges former Witness Lawrence Hughes.Hughes's 16 year old daughter Bethany was the focus of a high profile court battle in 2002 in Calgary, Alta., over her refusal to accept blood transfusions after being diagnosed with leukemia.Blood transfusions are forbidden under Jehovah's Witness doctrine, which holds that the Old and New Testaments command them to abstain from blood."Years of intense indoctrination, attending five or more meetings a week, coupled with undue influence, pressure and coercion, rob a Jehovah's Witness of free choice," Hughes alleges.It's a situation that applies equally to Jehovah's Witness adults, said Hughes, who was introduced to the faith at the age of 30."She was informed. She signed documents many times. She knew, and she made it clear, that if something was to happen, because of her religion she didn't want any transfusion bracelet cartier love occasion," Barrette told CBC Montreal.Barrette expanded on that position Monday replica cartier bracelet."It's their right to believe in what they want to believe in. How they're educated, trained and so on, I'm not in a position to judge that. I'm just in a position to ensure that in that specific situation, there has been an instance where it was possible for the patient to have an informed consent cartier white gold love bracelet," he said."Who am I to enter into this debate within their community? They have to resolve this issue themselves," he said.Jehovah's Witness who died after giving birth understood risk of refusing blood, Quebec health minister saysQuebec coroner Luc Malouin is investigating the circumstances around the death of lose Dupuis.The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Canada, the faith group's legal entity, was contacted by CBC but declined to be interviewed.Under Quebec's Civil Code, a competent adult aged 18 or older can refuse treatment as long as their refusal is considered "free" and "informed."To be considered "free," it must be proven that the patient was not coerced into accepting or refusing treatment.
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