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
Parents under fire for failing to allow lifesaving blood transfusion to terminally ill son.
Jehovah’s Witness parents in Queensland have come under fire for denying their terminally ill son a life-saving procedure. Their seven-year-old boy has severe liver disease and doctors have said he will die without a transplant.
Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness diagnosed with Leukemia dies with baby after rejecting blood transfusion
A heavily pregnant Jehovah’s Witness woman and her baby have reportedly died after she was diagnosed with leukemia but refused a blood transfusion that would probably have saved both of their lives.
According to Daily Mail, the 28-year-old was diagnosed with the cancer seven months into her pregnancy, and doctors told her she could give birth via a cesarean section and undergo chemotherapy but both would require her to have a blood transfusion.
The woman from Sydney, Australia, refused both options due to her religious beliefs and her baby died in utero three days later. Continue reading