TD, I am offended by the totalitarianism that I see expressed in all 3 cases. Canada claims to be a multi-cultural mosaic now with freedom of religion, and yet it seems to be up to each province as to what rights parents have and what rights cultures have to perpetuate themselves. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ought to be applied uniformly throughout its territory, and within its claimed parameters:— "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law"
For those uncertain as to this Canadian Charter, it can be found at http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/1.html#anchorbo-ga:l_I
As to Isaac's assertions that the Bible "in no way addresses blood transfusions", I beg to strongly differ, those teaching what I have learned from the Bible is not easy because there are over 1000 pages to it, and I have a major problem because I am not well socialized, being largely left to myself throughout most periods of my life.
First, there it the fact that "eating blood" is forbidden, and "eating blood" is a form of "ingesting blood". I do not believe it is loving to see how close we can come to a forbidden line without going over it. Now, now that I have experienced that and couldn't stop myself from crossing into forbidden territory, I now believe that it is best to "play it safe" by not toying with the "slippery slope".
Second, it says that blood should be "poured out onto the ground", rather than "ingested". To my way of looking at this, there is a practical reason for Jehovah's directive. After all, Isaiah 48:17 speaks of us benefiting ourselves. Less days in the hospital, less complications, more meticulous surgeons — that all sounds like benefits to me, to the surgeons, and to the taxpayers.
Third, it says "touch nothing unclean". It has been proven that once diseases are in the blood, and that the scrrening procedures have no way of making sure that the donors disease(s) are all eliminated from the blood.
Fourth, Psalm 146:3,5 states the following:— (v.3) Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. (v.5) Happy is the one who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in Jehovah his God.
Now, there may be more principles and Bible passages which bear on this subject, but even one would be enough for me to avoid either donating my own blood for someone else's possible use, or receiving what is known to contain blood (I'm not talking about properly-bled meat).
Trust is a delicate matter. I may chat with many, but only trust myself as directed by whom I feel completely comfortable. That is according to the free will that I now know about, and exercise as I am training myself through discussions such as this one. Iron sharpens iron, and I'm glad that it does.