Blood transfusion has been doctrinally forbidden for Jehovah's Witnesses since 1945.
Despite serious theologic consequences for its violation, this proscription may not be observed universally by members of the denomination.
When a patient declines a lifesaving transfusion, a conflict is generated between the physician's autonomy-based and beneficence-based obligations to the patient.
This conflict is intensified when the patient is a woman who has minor dependent children, either in utero or already born.
A spectrum of opinion exists regarding the resolution of this conflict.
As one of society's repositories of moral and legal values, the court is the most appropriate forum in which religious, medical, and ethical viewpoints may receive a fair and impartial hearing.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traitement, Transfusion, Sang, Homme, Témoin Jehovah, Ethique, Anémie, Hémorragie, Religion, Hémopathie, Vaisseau sanguin pathologie, Appareil circulatoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Treatment, Transfusion, Blood, Human, Jehovah witness, Ethics, Anemia, Hemorrhage, Religion, Hemopathy, Vascular disease, Cardiovascular disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0317668
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.