Scooper Spirituality: Blood Donation Vs Religion
Jun. 23, 2019
Although blood donation is now a widely accepted and practiced medical procedure, it still faces a lot of push backs from some aspects of the society.
Aspects like religion and the law.
Most religions are completely against it and others are welcoming of it, pricing the sacrifice of the donor as divine.
This very issue is quite controversial and has completely divided religious institutions.
Anglican, accepts blood transfusion, because they believe in sacrificing for others.
Baptists and Catholics share the same view on this topic. They see it as an act of charity.
Jehovah witnesses however, doesn't accept blood transfusion. It is against their doctrines which are rooted deeply in the believe that avoiding anything blood is both an act of obedience and respect to God.
They draw their rules from Bible verses like Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:12-14 and Acts 13:29.
In an emergency, witnesses opt for blood conservation techniques as opposed to blood transfusion.
They believe that anyone who accepts it is a sinner and can't go to heaven.
Mormons: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is okay with the donation of blood.
Seventh-Day Adventist: A lot of people believe that this church is like Jehovah’s Witness when it comes to transfusions.
This is quite wrong since the church is fine with it. So fine, that they even have numerous Seventh-day Adventist transplant hospitals.
Islamic religion is also in support of blood transfusion as as long as they pass two conditions, the offer must be free and there must be proof of consent from the donor.
Also, it must really be of major benefit to the recipient. Helping and saving a human life is a big deal to Muslims so they would never refuse to help if they can.
Years ago, this used to be a taboo for Islam. This belief was eventually changed in 1983 by the Moslem Religious Council.
The law is also not left out on the conversation of blood transfusion. Their stance on the issue is partly influenced by the patient's choice to refuse transfusing of blood into their system due to religion.
For instance, if a Jehovah witness patient rejects the procedure it can be viewed from a legal point.
A doctor has no right to administer blood to a patient who wholly refuses if it is against their religion, even if it will save their life.
Doctors are requested to oblige to this rule without question.
Legally, a patient can't be persecuted for refusing the procedure or forced against their will.
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