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Is it a Michigan Law that if a pregnant woman refuses a doctor

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Is it a Michigan Law that if a pregnant woman refuses a doctor recommended blood transfusion, her refusal of that treatment would be overridden because of the fetus?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  BizAttorney replied 8 years ago.
Yes, after the fetus is developed enough, it begins to have rights of its own. The mother must take reasonable measures to keep that fetus alive, however blood transfusions can be refused for religious reasons.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
So is it accurate to say that the Doctor could get courts involved to force a transfusion on the pregnant woman, but the doctor wouldn't lose his license if he didn't try to force a refused treatment on a patient... in other words would you say its up to each doctor to determine how far he pushes the issue?
Expert:  BizAttorney replied 8 years ago.
Yes, the viability of the fetus is largely the call of the doctor. He would have to get a court order to force the blood transfusion on the person, but if a judge found it necessary such that a reasonable person would do the transfusion, then an order may be obtained and the transfusion could go through.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for your quick replys. You were very helpful!
Expert:  BizAttorney replied 8 years ago.
You are welcome!
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