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State Supreme Court doesn't rule on underage medical choice question

Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court decided not to rule Wednesday morning on whether children under 18 can legally make their own medical decisions.

The case involves a 15-year-old Jehovah’s Witness member from Dane County. She cited religious beliefs in rejecting blood transfusions that would have saved her life.

A court-appointed guardian approved the transfusions last year, even though the girl and her parents had objected.

The Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the guardian should have been appointed – but on a 4-3 vote, the justices ruled that the case was moot. That’s because the judicial order to appoint the guardian had expired.

The Supreme Court did not address the question of whether the girl should have been allowed to decide on her medical treatments.

The three dissenting justices said the court should have made a ruling on that. 

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