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Jehovah's Witnesses and autonomy: honouring the refusal of blood transfusions
  1. Gregory L Bock
  1. Department of Philosophy, Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gregory L Bock, Department of Philosophy, Walters State Community College, 500 S Davy Crockett Pkwy, Morristown, TN 37813, USA; greg.bock{at}ws.edu

Abstract

This paper explores the scriptural and theological reasons given by Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) to refuse blood transfusions. Julian Savulescu and Richard W Momeyer argue that informed consent should be based on rational beliefs and that the refusal of blood transfusions by JWs is irrational, but after examining the reasons given by JWs, I challenge the claim that JW beliefs are irrational. I also question whether we should give up the traditional notion of informed consent.

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