Are you a parent or perhaps you have a child in your life that you love dearly?
I think that would cover most of us.
If a child in your life was in imminent danger of death, and if that child needed a blood transfusion, what would your first instinct be? Would your instinct be to save the child at all costs?
X is a 17-year-old boy, just short of 18, a patient in a Sydney hospital, with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the reason his name is not public is that he took a legal case to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion .
The clue is in his father’s actions. Instead of insisting on the very best treatment for his child, this man went into his son’s room and wrote a quote from the Bible on the whiteboard, a passage about abstaining from blood. How’s that for compassion?
An Australian court rejected the application, despite claims by the boy’s lawyer that he was exceptionally mature, and they were right to do so. Clearly, the boy is unhinged , and made so by his parents’ lunacy. We’ve had similar cases here in Ireland over recent years, where parents have tried to prevent hospitals from saving the lives of their children and in all cases, the courts have thrown out the applications, quite properly.
But yet, a residual belief seems to linger that religious belief grants immunity of some kind, as if superstition had a status over and above civilised, rational discussion. We’ve seen it in this country over and over. Indeed, for many years, superstitious belief defined our laws, but thankfully we seem to be moving on from that at last.
Full marks to the Australian court, and well done to our own judiciary for telling religious lunatics that they don’t have the right to prevent doctors from saving children’s lives. Sadly, this poor boy called X seems to be so brainwashed by his insane parents that he’s willing to die for the sake of some nonsense written by an ignorant goat-herder 3,000 years ago, but at least civilised countries are still prepared to vindicate his right to life, despite his deluded efforts to die.
How sad that anyone might try to sacrifice their kid’s life for the sake of a belief in the absolute nonsense of the Old Testament. Or for that matter, a belief in anything apart from the love of their children.