Jehovas Vidner vil ikke modtage blod. Og det er vi nødt til at respektere, selvom deres holdning er helt ude i hampen

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Jehovah’s Witnesses do not want to receive blood transfusions. We have to respect that decision, even if their position is completely out of whack

Adult Jehovah’s Witnesses have the right to make a personal choice that we do not understand or agree with.

I’m not a big fan of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where I spent much of my childhood and youth.

Jyllands-Posten reported on a Supreme Court ruling based on a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses who, against his will, received a blood transfusion. The man was unconscious but had a card on him that stated in writing that he did not want to receive blood under any circumstances. The Supreme Court ruled that it was justified, when health staff ignored his wishes and gave him blood anyway.

There are many things, you are not allowed to within the sect of Jehovah’s Witnesses. You are not allowed to celebrate Christmas, you can´t celebrate birthdays, and you must not receive a blood transfusion.

It must be a huge dilemma to be in as a healthcare professional when one’s professional job is to provide the best possible care while at the same time being with a patient who is beyond pedagogical reach.

From an early age, the members of Jehowa´s Witnesses become indoctrinated to such a degree, that their ability to be critical, nuanced and reflective is left in the wardrobe along with the coat, before they find a seat in the congregation and let themselves be seduced.

The role of doctors and nurses is to save human lives – or at least to reduce their patient’s suffering.

It must be a huge dilemma to be in as a healthcare professional when one’s professional job is to provide the best possible care while at the same time being with a patient who is beyond pedagogical reach.

But if we believe in the right of the individual to choose for himself, if we are in favor of freedom of expression and religion, then we have to respect when an adult, no matter how idiotic we think his position is, has stated in writing that he under no circumstances wants to receive blood.

The situation is different when it comes to minors. In those circumstances, I believe society should step in and ignore the wishes of the parents and the child.

I am aware that the argument can be extended to other topics. My position is specifically about the right to, as an adult, to renounce a blood transfusion.

I have a written will. In it, I have made clear that if something were to happen to me, where I end up in a coma, and it is assessed that there is no chance of me waking up, then the equipment that keeps me artificially alive must be turned off. I would like my will to be respected. After all, that’s why I’ve made various maneuvers and gone through a lawyer.

I made my decision as an adult. Personally, I think it’s unbelievable idiotic to say no to a blood transfusion that can save one’s life. I would never do that myself. The attitude is extremist and I don´t understand it. But it is a personal decision that relates to the individual citizen’s right to decide over his own life.

If we do not respect the individual’s personal decision, as long as it does not endanger the surrounding society, we are moving dangerously close to a club of states that have a somewhat different view of when states have a right to infringe on a citizen’s rights.

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