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v22_buzz_articleIssueA judge has ruled that Texas Children’s Hospital can perform potentially life-saving heart surgery on a baby whose parents declined to consent on religious grounds. The judge signed an order permitting the hospital to provide “life-sustaining medical treatment, including blood products” to a 2-month-old, whose parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses. The faith forbids the use of donated blood. “It is the opinion of Dr. Douglas Moodie, Gabriel’s cardiologist, that the boy will suffer permanent harm or death unless he receives this operation,” hospital lawyers said in the court petition. Interpreted literally, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs derive from an interpretation of a biblical passage to prohibit the consumption of blood, either by mouth or through veins. The faith’s literature directs members to refuse transfusions even in a life-or-death situation.

 

 

Question:  Did the judge make the right decision, or should the religious preferences of the family have been respected?

 

 

 

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Jessica Belmont

The judge made the right decision. When the boy is an adult, he can decide for himself what to believe. Then, the choice can be his and his alone. Someone had to protect and fight for this child’s life in this situation, and I’m glad the judge stepped up.

 

 

 

v22_buzz_hawkinsElizabeth Hawkins

Judicial decisions like this always leave me deeply conflicted. Of course I want the baby to live and be alright, but I can fully understand the position of the parents.

 

 

 

 

v22_buzz_WareRyan Ware

They need to charge both of these parents with child endangerment. Their beliefs are deadly. I am with the judge on this one; save the baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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