No blood transfusion, mother insists. No blood transfusion, mother insists.

Blood transfusion case before Supreme Court

Mother refuses transfusion on religious grounds for daughter with leukemia

The case of a Rarámuri woman who has refused blood transfusions for her leukemia-stricken daughter on religious grounds has gone to the highest court in the nation.


The five-year-old’s mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, refused a transfusion after the child’s health deteriorated but the Chihuahua family services agency (DIF) overruled her decision.

The state’s deputy prosecutor for the protection of children granted provisional guardianship of the child to the DIF for decisions involving medical treatment.

But a federal judge granted the mother an amparo, or injunction, against the decision of the prosecutor, ruling that the child should receive a transfusion only after all alternative medical treatments have been tried.

The judge also decided that the guardianship granted to the DIF was discriminatory, arbitrary and denigrating to the minor’s parents.

The child’s mother has now taken the case to the Supreme Court of Justice where a judge will determine the validity of the federal judge’s amparo.

The Rarámuri woman has charged that in overruling her to make medical decisions on behalf of her child, she has been discriminated against on grounds of her ethnic origin and religious beliefs.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • Nathan Haugh

    Stop killing your own children! Truly, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the embodiment of “having no natural affection”.

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    In the USA, minor children whose JW parents will not permit them to receive a life-saving blood transfusion are routinely removed from their parents custody while the child’s life is saved and then returned to the custody of their parents. JWs accept that this will occur and no longer fight it. Why the JWs in Mexico let this go to the Supreme Court defies reason.