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Sunday, 15 June 2008

You can't kill your kids, holy Joes are told

The rights of Jehovah's Witnesses not to have blood transfusions don't extend to their kids, says a Canadian judge after a couple wanted to refuse blood for premature sextuplets.

Quite right, too. It's bad enough that people stand to lose their parents when these people selfishly choose to die when they're not in need of euthanasia or assisted suicide. But inflicting grief on others seems to be a skewed form of "loving" Christianity.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, this British Columbia Supreme Court Chief Justice, Donald Brenner, has ruled that child-welfare authorities were right a year ago to seize the couple's four surviving babies, so they could receive doctor-recommended blood transfusions that their parents had refused.

An ABC News story tells us that the judge told them that state intervention was justified when lives were at risk.

"Freedom of religion is not absolute," the judge said, adding, "While it is difficult to conceive of any limitations on religious beliefs, the same cannot be said of religious practices, notably when they impact on the fundamental rights and freedoms of others."

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