Would you respect a relatives wish to refuse a blood transfusion?

A few years after I quit JW meetings my Mum needed her Medical Directive signed and witnessed and she asked if I'd do it. I was surprised to say the least! I think she was just angling to include me and maybe find some lever to get me involved again. I told her that even though I didn't agree with the policy I'd respect her wishes because I knew how important it was to her. I wasn't calling her bluff, I meant it. She thought it over for a few days but went with my Elder brother in law instead, I wasn't as upset as you might think. Fast forward a dozen or so years and now I'm not sure I could back that policy at all. If my signature was required to authorise a blood transfusion for my 72 year old JW Mother I'd sign. She'd live to resent me, even to shun me, but she'd live. What else could I do? Really, it’s a simple question with no simple answers; In the case of a patient who lacks the consciousness or cognition to authorise or deny treatment for themselves, who’s choice is it when difficult decisions need to be made? Let’s consider a few scenarios. Add a comment

The Polite Terrorists

On 22 May 2017 a shrapnel-laden bomb was detonated in Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. Twenty-three people were killed, including the attacker, and over 500 were injured. [1] Images like the one above were published in many media reports once the 22 victims of the islamist bomber had been identified.[2][3]

The loss of so many young lives for the sake of a fundamentalists interpretation of a holy text is rightly called ‘senseless’. No rational person can justify it.

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