Posted by: Jennifer | May 4, 2005

the sanctity of choice

I’m all for helping people through technology and advances in medicine, but not when that help is forced upon someone who does not want it.

I can see where the government of B.C. is coming from — they want to do whatever they can to help this kid. But she doesn’t want it. Her family doesn’t want it. And to force a blood transfusion on her when it is against her religious beliefs could cause more harm than good. Let her family search for alternate methods of treatment, and if they don’t find any and she still refuses the transfusion, then that’s their decision. There are times when the family knows better than the doctors.

Maybe the child-welfare department should be focusing their attention on kids who really do need their help, instead of the ones that have a family that is doing their best to look out for them.

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