Canadian Supreme Court Says Teens can Take Decisions on Medical Care

by Rajashri on  July 3, 2009 at 8:08 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
 Canadian Supreme Court Says Teens can Take Decisions on Medical Care
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that young adolescents can take grave medical decisions on their own provided they show enough maturity.

The ruling overturned a previous one on the rights of adolescents by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Morris Kaufman of Manitoba. That ruling was given in a controversial case where a young girl named AC had refused blood transfusion as it was contrary to her beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness.

three psychiatrists said she had the "capacity to give or refuse consent to her own medical care," but the judge decided to allow her to get forced treatment under the Child and Family Services Act. The girl said the CFS act violated her rights and was unconstitutional.

Now four justices of the Supreme Court are agreeing with her. Justice Rosalie Abella, writing for the court, said the child's maturity must be taken into consideration under such conditions, maturity. As such, she decided, the law did not breach the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. "If, after a careful and sophisticated analysis of the young person's ability to exercise mature, independent judgment, the court is persuaded that the necessary level of maturity exists, it seems to me necessarily to follow that the adolescent's views ought to be respected," she wrote.

However two justices dissented, while Justice Ian Binnie called the CFS Act unconstitutional.

Source: Medindia

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Jehovah's Witnesses blood transfusion confusion

Jehovah's Witnesses & blood transfusions is contradictory,they condemn blood but then go and use 'fractions',donated by thousands of Red Cross volunteers.They use 60% of the blood volume as broken down "fractions" then go on Bible thumping rants about how dangerous and sinful blood transfusions are.

As a diversion they go and trump the advantages of bloodless surgeries and try to grab the credit for it when in fact bloodless techniques were pioneered by non-JW doctors because of the shortage of blood donors (like with all the JW's who use blood fractions but don't donate back).This smacks of hypocrisy,

[ 250,000 Jehovah's Witnesses have perished since 1945 due to the Watchtower no Blood transfusions dogma.]

Danny Haszard

Dannyhaszard Friday, July 3, 2009
not a ticket to is a man made religion.Stay with king James bible.Yashua is the correct name of the savior.He is not english.
guest Friday, July 3, 2009
Thanks for enlightening us about this sect of Christians. As a doctor I have encountered a few of these and they can be pretty difficult to handle.
srmcurology Friday, July 3, 2009

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