Is he old enough to decide is probably not the right question. He has not been exposed to important realities in the world.
The Jehovah’s Witness who was ordered to have a life-saving blood transfusion for cancer, despite threatening to rip the IV needle from his arm, is appealing against the court claiming he is mature enough to dictate his own fate.
Supreme Court Justice Ian Gzell overrode the wishes of the boy, known as X, and his parents when he ruled in April that he must undergo treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
”The sanctity of life in the end is a more powerful reason for me to make the orders than is respect for the dignity of the individual,” Justice Gzell said. ”X is still a child, although a mature child of high intelligence.”
Intelligence does not mean you make sense. So, are we considering the “you decide” argument again? Remember, for the You Decide argument to be valid, you must have the best available information. This person does not, as it is noted:
[…] the Children’s Hospital said the boy had a ”cocooned upbringing” and his family had ”little exposure to challenges of their beliefs from outsiders” so what they may have thought was best was not necessarily correct.
On a whiteboard in his hospital room, X’s father wrote a scripture reference to abstaining from blood.
You can only do so much against deliberate ignorance.