A few observations from (indirectly) talking to a couple of HLC members who have recently attended meetings with HIS in Brooklyn:
(1) Any hope that the WTS will further reform the blood policy is wide of the mark. The WTS is very happy & settled with the current situation (whole blood + 4 “components” = NoNo everything else OK). All the GB & Don Adams & the other leaders are comfortable & signed up to the policy ( if anything , some feel that Jws have gone too far in allowing haemoglobin ).
(2) HIS feel that Jws have “been vindicated” by the stand on blood - HIV , CJD , hepatitis etc. They feel that the HLC / HIS / PVG program has been an outstanding success in “informing & educating” the healthcare profession. They feel the trend towards “No Blood” medicine is unstoppable and that blood transfusions as we know will be rapidly phased out over the next decade.
(3) Legally , HIS are confident that Jws have covered their asses. They have a non-spoken policy in place to allow minors to be transfused (the days of kidnapping kids from hospitals are long over).Any other liability is satisfied by the policy of Jws being told constantly that it is a conscience matter & the absolute right of a competent adult in most countries to decide his / her medical treatment. Virtually all lawsuits have been won or settled - there are very few “in the pipeline“ (the legal dept is focusing much more on child abuse cases , which are “a nightmare“.).
(4) Rather than regarding the “stand on blood” as an “achilles heel” , the WTS figure that the policy is extremely positive. It differentiates Jws from all other religions as a unique doctrine - a USP , if you like. Any difficulties contribute towards a sense of martyrdom and persecution.
My observations - there is no pressure on the WTS to reform - the medical profession has bailed them out. Ironically , they have become the perfect guinea pigs to develop a whole raft of alternatives. The R & F (other than the occasional family who has first hand experience of a family member who has died or suffered ) are completely compliant. I often hear many say that “this proves that we have the truth”. The attitude can be summed up by a brother who told me “I wish the WTS would simply tell us what we can take & what we can’t take. That would make it so much easier.”
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