Sextuplets - Vancouver, B.C. - blood transfusion

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  • anglise

    Have posted as a text file.

    Hope this helps and doesnt violate any copyright issues.

    AssociatedAssociatedJehovah’s WitnessesJehovah’s WitnessesReform onReform on BloodBloodforfor

    February 2, 2007

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are deeply concerned for the welfare of surviving sextuplets recently born in Vancouver,
    British Columbia.

    The religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is controlled by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society
    of Pennsylvania, Inc. as it acts in behalf of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This organization has
    initiated a doctrinal policy on blood which is inconsistent with the best standards of patient care.

    Though in many cases blood transfusion therapy is unnecessary to protect patient life and health, in some
    cases it is essential because of patient presentation or available medical options. No reputable doctor disagrees.

    The Watch Tower organization has admitted that adherence to its blood doctrine has resulted in premature
    deaths of children. To quote the Watch Tower organization,

    “In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first. They are still doing it, only today the
    drama is played out in hospitals and courtrooms, with blood transfusions the issue.”—Awake! - May
    22, 1994, p.2 (Official Watch Tower publication)

    Under the religious banner of “putting God first,” the Watch Tower organization asserts and enforces a blood
    doctrine that has, admittedly, resulted and continues resulting in premature deaths of innocent children where
    the best medical option of blood transfusion is necessary to preserve life, or it is the best available option to
    prevent premature death.

    Every person should be deeply concerned when a religious institution enforces a doctrine instructing its members to refuse established standards of care for a particular medical presentation.

    Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood does not enforce or promote religious doctrine. It exists
    as a voice of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are concerned that the Watch Tower organization has consistently resisted answering for specific failings of its blood doctrine. The overwhelming consensus of these Jehovah’s
    Witnesses is that a doctrine with such dire consequence deserves to have every question of it answered
    straightforwardly, with precision and consistent with sound science. Though these Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize and appreciate that some causes are worth dying for, these also recognize that such causes demand solid
    and sound objective reason and full disclosure in the face of every question asked. The absence of such reason
    and disclosure naturally results in sobering pause and questioning by every responsible person.

    There is not uniform acceptance of the Watch Tower’s blood doctrine among Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Watch
    Tower organization promotes a myth when it argues that all Jehovah’s Witnesses hold the same conviction on
    this point of doctrine. The Watch Tower organization does not form its doctrinal teachings on a consensus of
    conviction among Jehovah’s Witnesses. Division of conviction among Jehovah’s Witnesses in regard to blood
    transfusion has existed from the earliest days of the doctrine, and it persists to this day.

    For further information please visit our web site at

  • kwintestal
    Hope this helps and doesnt violate any copyright issues.

    Not for a press release, it's meant to be distributed.


  • orbison11

    this morning in vancouver, on the news, they said

    ''the elders at headquarters were contacted for comment but they declined'

    hhmm this would be a great time to speak with so many, reach so many about the wonderful good news from the bible regarding the sanctity of life, via blood, etc

    guess not


  • Gill

    Anglise - Thanks for posting that. I still can't get the page to open!

  • Stephanus

    I find the irony interesting. That a short term blood substitute, if developed, would help wounded soldiers on battlefields in the future. Be proud, Watchtower - The medical research that you force on decent folk outside your cloistered halls (and don't contribute towards in any way), will help save the lives of the soldiers who protect your way of life!

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