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Georgetown College v. Jones

Significance, Crisis Develops At Georgetown Hospital, Impact, Refusal Of Treatment, Further Readings


President and Directors of Georgetown College


Jessie E. Jones

Appellants' Claim

That the school's hospital should be able to administer a blood transfusion to Mrs. Jones despite the Jones' refusal to permit the transfusion based on religious principle.

Chief Lawyers for Appellants

Peter R. Taft, Harold Ungar, Edward Bennett Williams

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Ralph H. Decker, Bernard Margolius


J. Skelly Wright


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

3 February 1964


Ruled in favor of Georgetown that all necessary blood transfusions to sustain life should be administered.

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Crawford, Jan. "Caesarean Case Appeal is Rejected." Chicago Tribune, 17 December 1993.

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