Right to refuse transfusions must be respected: Quebec coroner

A “free and informed” decision to refuse blood transfusions is a right protected by law and the charter of rights and freedoms, Quebec’s deputy-chief coroner has ruled.

Coroner Luc Malouin has issued a pair of reports examining the deaths of two observant Jehovah’s Witnesses who refused transfusions and died after giving birth last year at hospitals in Montreal and Lévis.

“Each person in Quebec has this freedom of choice,” Malouin wrote in his report on the death of Elöise Dupuis, who died Oct. 12, 2016, a week after giving birth to a healthy baby at Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis hospital.

“This freedom was in this case exercised in accordance with the law. It is up to each person to make their choices and assume the consequences.”

Dupuis and Mirlande Cadet, who died Oct. 3, 2016, made headlines when their deaths revived the debate over whether religious conviction should overrule the…

Original published: 2017-11-14 16:12:43 Read the full Montreal News here

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