People are far more influenced by situations and social pressure than they realize. In fact, the power of our free will can evaporate when someone is being unduly influenced by a cult-like group, or, in my case, the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs). To help you understand why I believe this, I want to share my story about Watchtower’s blood transfusion policy. Continue reading
Over the weekend, at a JW regional conference, Governing Body member Tony Morris (below) told a story of a little boy in a hospital. His doctors told him (when his parents weren’t around) that a blood transfusion was his only hope. Little Josh’s response? He rejected the idea. What a hero!
Oh, and by the way, he’s dead now. Continue reading
Sainsbury’s has been forced to apologise after its Jehovah’s Witness chef refused to serve a customer black pudding with his Full English breakfast.
Alan MacKay was stunned when he was told he could not enjoy the staple, made up of animal fat, blood and oatmeal, with his meal at the branch in Arnold, Nottingham.
After receiving his incomplete dish the former police officer was told the black pudding would not be served because it was against the religious beliefs of the chef to do so. Continue reading
It is a crime in Tennessee to fail to provide medical care to children, with an exception, known as the Spiritual Treatment Exemption Act.
One possible use would be if a parent refuses a blood transfusion after an accident then custody of the child could be transferred to the state to allow the transfusion then transferred back to the parent, said Briggs, referencing occasions if the parent is a Jehovah’s Witness and opposed to transfusions, even in life-saving circumstances.
“This is really to protect the child,” Briggs said. Continue reading
The issue of Jehovah’s Witnesses medical care has been brought to the forefront in a report by the Commissioner of Administration and Human Rights Elisa Savvidou after a patient requested bloodless surgery.
The issue was brought into the spotlight following a written complaint by a Jehovah’s Witnesses who has been on a public hospital waiting list since 2011, having requested bloodless surgery, which the Cyprus state health system, Savvidou ascertains, is unable to deliver. Continue reading
Misinformation related to Watchtower’s blood transfusion policy is another story. One statistician estimates that at least 50,000 people have died prematurely due this poorly constructed and misguided policy Continue reading
We expect surgeons to be as careful as pilots given their life-and-death decision – but it turns out they are anything but.
A heart surgeon’s own heart usually sinks when a Jehovah’s Witness enters the consulting room. A patient who categorically refuses to have a blood transfusion takes one potential safety net away from the operation. Some surgeons flatly refuse to operate on these patients, and most would refuse if they considered it likely that the proposed operation would result in excess bleeding. Continue reading
As representatives of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ghana, we write to point out the misinformation contained in that report. Our investigation into the matter has clearly established that the said Rebecca Dankwa was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since this person mentioned in the report was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, we are at a loss as to why the name of Jehovah’s Witnesses should be linked to the story. We, therefore, request that you publish a retraction of the part of the story that mentioned Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The National Blood Authority’s expert panel on blood transfusions includes one member who doesn’t believe in blood transfusions at all.
Moreover, Shannon Farmer has a commercial interest in alternatives to blood transfusions; http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/16/suppl_3/3.full
Clive Hunton reports from Canberra.
First posted 01/06/2015 12:44:08