The Law: On the Side of Life

Mrs. James L. Jones, 25-year-old mother of a small child, was in a Washington, D.C., hospital dying of a bleeding ulcer. Doctors were convinced that a blood transfusion was necessary to save her life. But the hospital needed her consent or her husband's, and both refused to say yes; as Jehovah's Witnesses, they believed that transfusions were contrary to the will of God.

The hospital called in Washington Lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, who brought the problem to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals. After a hearing in the hospital. Judge Wright authorized a transfusion, and the patient recovered....

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