Posted on September 2, 2018 at 3:00 AM
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.