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09/02/2018

Judge Orders Transfusion of Jehovah’s Witness

Mercy Hospitals Victoria has obtained judicial permission to transfuse a pregnant Melbourne teenager against her will, should that become necessary during a planned surgical delivery (with possible post-partum hemorrhage).


The girl said it was against her Jehovah’s Witness religious beliefs to consent to the procedure. But while Victoria has a mature minor doctrine, the court determined that the girl’s refusal was not voluntary. She had been influenced by a willingness to please her family and the community she was dependent on.

Justice Macaulay

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