WT SOCIETY IS WRONG ON BLOOD
A new article has been making the news.
Jehovah's witnesses face increased risk of death during childbirth.
New research to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has found that women who are Jehovah's witnesses face a significantly increased risk of death during childbirth. The study found that women in this group are six times more likely to die, and three times more likely to have morbidity (serious complications), than average (compared to the general Dutch population). This increase includes a 130 fold increased risk of death from major obstetric haemorrhage.
Jehovah's witnesses are a religious society with more than six million members worldwide. For religious reasons, most Jehovah's witnesses refuse transfusion of blood or any of its primary components (red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma), even when red blood cell transfusion could be life saving.
In this nationwide retrospective study, the researchers examined all cases of maternal mortality in the Netherlands between 1983 and 2006, and all cases of serious maternal morbidity between 2004 and 2006.
The authors report that all identified cases of maternal mortality in Jehovah's witnesses during this period were caused by major obstetric haemorrhage. The refusal of red blood cell transfusion was found to be an important factor in the course of events leading to the death of these women. All cases of serious maternal morbidity in Jehovah's witnesses were similarly caused by major obstetric haemorrhage and linked to the refusal of red blood cell transfusion.
While the society of Jehovah's witnesses has issued a clear stance against transfusion of blood or any of its major components, individual members may have different positions on accepting treatment with other blood products such as coagulation factors, or receiving back their own blood collected using a cell-saver. These individual choices can make a big difference in management options in cases of major obstetric haemorrhage. The authors recommend that the exact treatments acceptable to each patient, together with available alternatives, be discussed early in pregnancy.
Professor Jos van Roosmalen, Chairman of the National Maternal Mortality Committee of the Netherlands Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and supervisor of the research, said 'In the Netherlands, the overall maternal mortality ratio due to obstetric haemorrhage is extremely low at 0.67 per 100,000 live births. Excellent blood transfusion facilities contribute heavily to this low ratio.'
'Jehovah's witnesses, by refusing blood transfusion, expose themselves to a serious risk during childbirth. Our survey has shown a maternal mortality ratio due to obstetric haemorrhage of 68 per 100, 000 live births in this group, a 130 times higher risk than the average.'
Professor Philip Steer, BJOG editor-in-chief, said 'Major obstetric haemorrhage is one of the main causes of maternal mortality and serious maternal morbidity. It is important for doctors to discuss all risks and available alternatives with patients early in pregnancy, to ensure that both patient and doctor have a clear understanding of the options in the event of an emergency.'
'Any hospital treating Jehovah's witnesses should have a clear protocol for obstetric care, and ensure training for staff in the management of obstetric haemorrhage in these patients.'Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Another person DIES because of the pathetic and inconsistent JW Blood policy. This is primarily why I left the organization almost four years ago and what I could no longer force bible studies to to have to accept before being even qualifying for baptism.
The WT Society is as WRONG ON BLOOD TODAY as they were wrong about vaccinations, organ transplants, alternative service, numerous end of world predictions, Beth Sarim, 1935, 1914, Rape rules, etc etc on and on in the past.
And all in print.
What a shame.
If not for the blood issue, I'm sure many find other stuff why to leave this religion; hey, it's a personal choice and right where and what to worship. Nevertheless, the 'no blood consumption' in any way, shape or form is one of the clearest teachings throughout the whole Bible. It's not the Society's point of view, but rather a biblical teaching that cannot be obscured, although many will continue to try.
It's not the Society's point of view, but rather a biblical teaching that cannot be obscured, although many will continue to try.
You're joking of course?
Or you didn't read Vinny's first post. Has to be one of those two.
Doubtfully: if the bible is so damn sure on the blood question, please come with a definition of 'blood' and 'consumption'. im not asking it to tease you: if you cant answer those questions, what is the bible so certain about? your arbitrary definitions of those words?
Thats the core of the WTS blood problem: You ask them about blood and they take out the bible and tell you that the bible clearly forbid 'misuse' of 'blood'. Then you ask them what those words mean and they put the bible away and tell you whatever they have defined those words to mean to them this decade.
Vinny: Thats such a great post, thanks for bumping it up!
shape or form is one of the clearest teachings throughout the whole Bible
What an out right blatant lie, the Scriptures are clear on only the dietary laws pertaining to blood,
they do not pertain to the attempt of healing someone by virtue of transfusing blood into a person.
These dietary laws are still practiced today by Orthodox Jews under strict guidelines.
So there is no basis to perceive that blood transfusion are forbidden, all you have to guide yourself
on this matter is that Jesus's commandment of above all other laws is for you to love one another.
Thats his law that is not to be throw aside or abandon for a mortal mans self expressive law.
Another concept to consider is the sacredness of life itself and that is if a known practice would
most likely save your life, than not to accept a blood transfusion is an act of suicide,
which is definitely against the approval of god.
Oh wait a second you JWs are suppose to blatantly lie , thats called theocratic warfare for the sake of the organization,
I forgot Sorry........never mind
Doubtfully Yours said: Nevertheless, the 'no blood consumption' in any way, shape or form is one of the clearest teachings throughout the whole Bible. It's not the Society's point of view, but rather a biblical teaching that cannot be obscured, although many will continue to try.
Doubtfully Yours, do everyone a favour and take your dumbass comments and stick them up your ass. I just lost a family member because of this stinking cults' ban on blood transfusions. There's NOTHING in the bible that even hints that the command for the Israelites not to eat blood has anything to do with accepting a human blood transfusion to save a life.
Well said Mary
I lost my mother also for not taking a blood transfusion !
Its amazing how these self righteous ignorant assholes can be made so inhumanely delusional
marked for later