One less unwanted knock on the door

Via Unreasonable Faith we learn that a fifteen year-old boy in England died after he refused a blood transfusion. From the BBC News story

Joshua is believed to have told doctors at Selly Oak Hospital not to give him a blood transfusion on religious grounds.

Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse transfusions because they believe the use of products derived from blood is forbidden by God.

Being ignorant of English law, I have no idea whether a decision like this can be left up to a minor. Or whether a fifteen year-old is even considered a minor in England. In America of course, parental consent is required for medical treatment on a minor. Much like I can’t have sex with the hot 16 year-old barista at my local coffee shop, even if she agrees, a doctor can’t treat her without the consent of a parent (I think there are exceptions to that law, but I could be wrong).

What’s my point? I’m just curious how all of this shakes out and whether there is a moral responsibility to stop a brain-washed teenager from being so stupid he kills himself in the process. One thing I do know: it’s an unusually horrific way to die

crushed by a car as it crashed into a West Midlands shop

But hey, God’s will and all. What are you gonna do.

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2 Responses to One less unwanted knock on the door

  1. Bob says:

    Appearently, it was also God’s will to kill hundreds of thousands of southeast Asians on XMas a couple years ago. What a dick.

  2. Anne says:

    After I read this post I re-read the title…and about fell on the floor laughing. I don’t know what England’s rules are either, but I believe here in the US even if it is on religious grounds, the state can assign an advocate to a minor they feel is being “abused” by their parents (such as brainwashing the child into refusing life-saving treatments)…of course the track record on winning those cases is mixed leaning heavier toward the ruling on behalf of parents and their religious beliefs.