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Jehovah’s Witnesses defend pushing for bloodless surgeries

Hospital visits by Jehovah’s Witness elders, aimed at defending the right of members to refuse blood transfusions, are under scrutiny following the death of a 27-year-old Quebec woman who hemorrhaged earlier this month.

One former Witness described the hospital liaison committees as “intimidating.”

But their use is defended by the Canadian branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which says the committees are available at the patient’s request to assist them and advocate for bloodless medical procedures.