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Jehovah's Witnesses in the Media

Translation: El Mercurio – 27th June 2018

SCJN atrae caso de madre que rechazó transfusión a niña con leucemia

SCJN attracts case of mother who refused transfusion to girl with leukemia

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation decided to attract a complicated conflict between religion and the right to life, analyzing the amparo promoted by a Rarámuri mother, who temporarily lost custody of her daughter by denying that she received blood transfusions as part of a treatment against leukemia.

The mother, who is a Jehovah’s Witness, claimed to have been discriminated against by the Deputy Attorney for the Auxiliary Protection of Children and Adolescents of the state of Chihuahua because of her indigenous origin and religious beliefs, after she was denied the right to make decisions regarding the health of her daughter, whose guardianship was taken by the state DIF.

In July of this year, the Eighth District Court in the State of Chihuahua had granted an amparo to women, approving blood transfusions only after exhausting other means or alternative treatments, several of them suggested by oncologists from the State Cancer Center. . This determination valued the minor’s life but also respected her mother’s religion.

After attracting the case, Minister Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea will be in charge of reviewing the allegations of the mother.

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