In England, a judge who relied explicity on the writings of John Stuart Mill in his ruling granted an imprisoned mentally ill Jehovah’s Witness sex offender the right to refuse a blood transfusion after a suicide attempt.
The judge was told that [the prisoner] had been moved to hospital from prison after cutting his arm with a razor blade and opening an artery. Specialists said he had suffered significant blood loss and his haemoglobin had fallen to “an extremely life-threatening level”. They had advised a blood transfusion but the man, who had a “severe personality disorder”, refused blood products on the basis of his faith. Mr Justice Mostyn first referred to Mill’s thinking as he considered legal principles underlying the case.