Jehovah’s Witnesses facing the decision of whether to receive a blood transfusion are in no position to make a free and informed refusal of the procedure, alleges former Witness Lawrence Hughes. Hughes’s 16-year-old daughter Bethany was the focus of a high-profile court battle in 2002 in Calgary, Alta., over her refusal to accept blood transfusions
A Quebec coroner is investigating the death of a 46-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who died Oct. 3 from complications shortly after giving birth by caesarian section in a Montreal hospital. A spokeswoman for the coroner’s office, Geneviève Guilbault, confirmed that the bureau was launching an investigation into Cadet’s death in an email to CBC Montreal. “Based on
Jehovah’s Witnesses are defending their ban on blood transfusions after the death of a new mom in Quebec this month. Family members of Eloise Dupuis, 27, say she was influenced to decline a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion after a bedside visit by a “hospital liaison committee” of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the CBC reports. Dupuis, a practicing
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 young Eloise Dupuis, died last week at the Hotel Dieu de Lévis, refused a blood transfusion because she was a follower of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, shortly before his death, the young woman had been in the hospital, visiting senior members of the sect. This “Jehovah’s Witnesses Hospital Liaison Committee” had pressured the young woman
Though he wouldn’t comment on the recent death of a young Jehovah’s Witness, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said Wednesday that he had witnessed the influence religious groups can have on patients while he was working as a doctor.
Dupuis was a Jehovah’s Witness and had signed a document, when she became an adult, saying she would not accept a blood transfusion. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that passages in the Bible order them to abstain from taking blood, even when their life is in danger. The young woman died six days after giving birth in
A coroner is investigating the death of a young Jehovah’s Witness who died while giving birth at a Lévis hospital earlier this week. Éloïse Dupuis, 26, required a blood transfusion during childbirth and died of a hemorrhage on Oct. 12 at Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis Hospital near Quebec City. The child survived and is in good health. Quebec coroner
Thompson is set to star in the film of Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel The Children Act. The Children Act is a story about a High Court judge who specialises in family cases and is asked to decide whether a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness should have medical treatment against his wishes.
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