If each and every JW were to accept fractions as a matter of conscience, how many of the senseless deaths could be prevented.
I have no idea on what is normally given to a person in a transfusion, but from some of the reading I have done, whole blood transfusions, which are strictly forbidden, are very rare. Really how dangerous is the current blood policy...IF ALL JEHOVAHS WITNESSES WERE MADE AWARE OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY ALLOWED AND ACCEPTED THE FRACTIONS ALLOWED?
BLOOD FRACTIONS - what if all JWs knew they are a Matter of Conscience???
If each and every JW were to accept fractions as a matter of conscience, how many of the senseless deaths could be prevented.
Someone has to have some thoughts on this....bttt
Actually, the WTS has published in 2000 and 2004 information saying that blood fractions are a conscience matter. The problem lies in that many jws have no idea what a blood fraction is; the old timers are flying on hold still from old information, and newer ones find it hard to understand the convoluted explanation and wording of the WTS. They don't even know the policy is that a jw takes blood tranfusion is da'ing themselves and not df'd. (unless you were an elder who heard the non-letter read to the BOE by the CO)
Apart from the fact that they're playing God with such hair-splitting over fractions that totally vitiates the meaning of ``abstain", it's appalling that the WT leaders haven't spelled out CLEARLY and in BOLD LETTERS what is and is not considered a matter of conscience to their guileless drones, and speaks volumes about their lack of concern over the welfare of their flock.
As has been pointed out, transfusions of whole blood are quite rare, and only in the case of traumatic blood loss. Actually, the verbal scuttlebut being passed along among elders is ``psst if anyone who takes blood grovels and apologizes, let the matter drop.'' Overall, it appears that the WT is in effect tiptoeing away from its once rigid policy without making a formal ``new light" change which would bury them under an avalanche of lawsuits.
I guess that is the question I am asking......the policy restricting any sort of transfusion is going to be dangerous to at least some folks, but does anyone here know or have any sources that reveal just what percent of transfusions are the kind that are still specifically restricted.
The splitting hairs is amazing. On one hand they tell the followers that blood must not be stored, but poured out on the ground, but then fractions, which are derived from stored blood are a matter of conscience...
What is forbidden?
This is a complex question. As you may know the WTS still prohibits whole blood and certain blood components namely, red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. But here is the key: they allow everything inside of these components to be used.
If you discount the membranes of the red cells, white cells and platelets, they are allowing somewhere between 97 and 98% of the blood. However, the membrane is stroma (protein/enzyme) and as a fraction it too would be permitted. So technically the WTS permits 100% of the blood in fractionated form.
Here is an analogy: It's like saying, "see that truck over there, it's stolen and you can't buy it but if someone dismantles it, it's not a truck anymore, it's truck parts and you can buy what you want. However, the engine, the transmission, the radio and the disc brakes are special. They are the 'primary' components of the truck (i.e. the red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma). You can't have these 'primary' components unless you first completely dismantle them. If you do that you can buy them too."
Just how accurate is this analogy? Consider this: Red blood cells are prohibited by the Watchtower Society. What is a red blood cell? Nothing more than a donut shaped miniature bag of hemoglobin. Broken down by dry weight, the red cell is 97% hemoglobin and 3% bag (membrane). To permit hemoglobin and ban red cells is the equivalent of saying to someone, "see those bags of groceries over there? You can take the food from the bags, but I will report you to the police if you actually take the groceries with the bags."
The Watchtower Society's blood policy has swiftly mutated into a deadly shell game. The policy aims to permit artificial blood (hemoglobin solutions like HemoPure and PolyHeme). While the leadership waits for the new blood products to hit the market, members continue to reject medically necessary transfusions of red cells and discontinue their chemotherapy treatments when platelet transfusions are needed even though platelets comprise less than 1/5 of 1% of blood volume. The average Jehovah's Witness has no realization of what is taking place.
I once read somewhere (perhaps, here) that one of the main purposes of the HLCs is to convince sick JWs to take "acceptable" fractions, so as to avoid death and thereby prevent negative publicity for Watchtower.
Frankly, however, many JWs are scared of any decision labeled as a "conscience matter", because their view of God is one of a tyrant, watching every move you make, to see if you'll screw up. Therefore, they consider rejecting ALL blood products the only safe route.
In other words, in their minds, a list of acceptable fractions doesn't really exist. Rather, what they believe is there is a list of fractions that the Society is NOT SURE about. The next logical step in this chain of thought is as follows: "If the Society cannot categorically tell me that hemoglobin (or another acceptable fraction) is OK with God, I'll steer clear of it, even if it means I may die. At least I'll get resurrected into a Paradise."
It's quite disgusting.
Thanks leaving wt,
I guess MOC really has no meaning then. I know that one of the attractions subliminally to the WTS is the absolute views on things, there is no thought involved.....and in a situation given a MOC, there is thought required.....
Question: is the ONLY way to get these fractions from stored blood? Meaning: there is NO OTHER WAY to get these fractions without taking them from stored blood. Correct? And articles from the WTB$ strictly forbid using stored blood, correct?
I just looked up an old kingdUm Ministry from November 06 (pg 3):
Whatare bloodfractions, and why is theiruse a matter for each Christian to
Blood fractions are elements from blood that are extracted through a process called fractionation. For example, plasma, one of the four major components of blood, can be divided into the following substances: water, about 91 percent; proteins, such as albumins, globulins, and fibrinogen, about 7 percent; and other substances, such as nutrients, hormones, gases, vitamins, waste products, and electrolytes, about 1.5 percent.
Are fractions also covered by the command to abstain from blood? We cannot say. The Bible does not give specific direction on the subject of fractions. Of course, many fractions are derived from blood that has been donated for medical purposes. Each Christian should make a conscientious decision as to whether he or she will accept or will reject the medical use of these substances.
When making such decisions, consider the following questions: Am I aware that refusing all blood fractions means that I will not accept some medications, such as certain ones that fight viruses and diseases or that help blood to clot in order to stop bleeding? Could I explain to a physician why I reject or accept the use of certain blood fractions?
Whyare some procedures involving the medical use of my own blood a personal
Although Christians do not donate or store their own blood for transfusion purposes, some procedures or tests involving an individual’s blood are not so clearly in conflict with Bible principles. Therefore, each individual should make a conscientious decision as to whether to accept or to reject some types of medical procedures involving the use of his or her own blood.
When making such decisions, ask yourself the following questions: If some of my blood will be diverted outside my body and the flow might even be interrupted for a time, will my conscience allow me to view this blood as still part of me, thus not requiring that it be ‘poured out on the ground’? (Deut. 12:23, 24) Would my Bible-trained conscience be troubled if during a medical procedure some of my own blood was withdrawn, modified, and directed back into my body? Am I aware that refusing all medical procedures involving the use of my own blood means that I refuse treatments such as dialysis or the use of a heart-lung machine? Have I prayerfully considered this matter before making a decision?
Consider the two work sheets on the following pages. WorkSheet1 lists some of the fractions extracted from blood and how they are commonly used in medicine. Fill in your personal choice as to whether you will accept or will reject the use of each of these fractions. WorkSheet2 lists some common medical procedures involving your own blood. Fill in your personal choice as to whether you will accept or will reject these procedures. These work sheets are not legal documents, but you may use your answers on these work sheets to help you to complete your DPA (durable power of attorney) card.
Your decisions should be your own and should not be based on someone else’s conscience. Likewise, no one should criticize another Christian’s decisions. In these matters, “each one will carry his own load” of responsibility.—Gal. 6:4, 5.
Helpful information on this subject is found in the June 15, 2004, issue of TheWatchtower, pages 29-31.
Helpful information on this subject is found in the October 15, 2000, issue of TheWatchtower, pages 30-1, and the TransfusionAlternatives—DocumentarySeries—OnDVD.
A protein extracted from
plasma. Types of albumin
are found also in plants,
in foods such as milk and
eggs, and in the milk of
a nursing mother. Albumin
from blood is sometimes ………… I accept albumin
used in volume expanders or
to treat shock and severe ………… I refuse albumin
burns. These preparations
may contain up to
25 percent albumin. Minute
amounts are used in the
formulation of many other
medicines, including some
Protein fractions that may
be used in some medicines
that fight viruses and
diseases, such as ………… I accept
diphtheria, tetanus, viral immunoglobulins
hepatitis, and rabies. or
They may also be used to ………… I refuse
guard against some medical immunoglobulins
conditions that threaten
the life of a developing
baby and to counteract
the effects of snake
or spider venom.
There are various
proteins that help blood
to clot in order to stop ………… I accept
bleeding. Some are given blood-derived
to patients who tend to clotting factors
bleed easily. They are or
also used in medical ………… I refuse
glues to seal wounds blood-derived
and to stop bleeding clotting factors
after surgery. One
combination of clotting
factors is known as
Note: Some clotting
factors are now made
from nonblood sources.
A protein that transports
oxygen throughout the body
and carbon dioxide to the ………… I accept
lungs. Products being hemoglobin
developed from human or or
animal hemoglobin could be ………… I refuse
used to treat patients with hemoglobin
acute anemia or massive
An enzyme inhibitor
derived from hemoglobin
that is used to treat a ………… I accept hemin
group of rare genetic or
blood disorders (known ………… I refuse hemin
as porphyria) that affect
the digestive, nervous,
and circulatory systems.
Proteins that fight
certain viral infections ………… I accept
and cancers. Most blood-derived
interferons are not interferons
derived from blood. or
Some are made from ………… I refuse
fractions of human blood-derived
white blood cells. interferons
PLATELETSAt present, no fractions
from platelets are being
isolated for direct use
in medical treatment.
(You might want to
speak to your
refusing any of
Blood is recovered
during surgery from ………… I accept
a wound or body cavity. ………… I might accept*
It is washed or filtered ………… I refuse
and then, perhaps in a
returned to the patient.
During surgery, blood is
diverted to bags and
replaced with a nonblood
volume expander. Thus ………… I accept
the blood remaining in ………… I might accept*
the patient during surgery ………… I refuse
is diluted, containing
fewer red blood cells.
During or at the end of
surgery, the diverted
blood is returned to the
MACHINEBlood is diverted to an
artificial heart-lung ………… I accept
machine where it is ………… I might accept*
oxygenated and directed ………… I refuse
back into the patient.
In hemodialysis, blood
circulates through a ………… I accept
machine that filters and ………… I might accept*
cleans it before returning ………… I refuse
it to the patient.
PATCHA small amount of the
patient’s own blood is
injected into the ………… I accept
membrane surrounding the ………… I might accept*
spinal cord. It is used to ………… I refuse
seal a puncture site
that is leaking spinal
Blood is withdrawn and
filtered to remove plasma.
A plasma substitute is
added, and the blood is
returned to the patient. ………… I accept
Some physicians may want ………… I might accept*
to use plasma from another ………… I refuse
person to replace that
from the patient’s blood.
If so, this option would
be unacceptable to a
TAGGINGSome blood is withdrawn,
mixed with medicine, and ………… I accept
returned to the patient. ………… I might accept*
The length of time one’s ………… I refuse
blood is outside the body
(MEANING“MADE Some blood is withdrawn
FROMYOUROWN and concentrated into
BLOOD”)a solution rich in
platelets and white cells. ………… I accept
This solution is applied on ………… I might accept*
surgical sites or wounds. ………… I refuse
Note: In some formulations,
a clotting factor taken
from cow’s blood is used.
Question: is the ONLY way to get these fractions from stored blood?
A few of the most common human proteins can be produced recombinantly, (Insulin, EPO, Factor VIII, etc.) but the majority of blood fractions administered medically come from stored blood.
Additionally the processes themselves that are involved in the production and administration of recombinant products involve blood fractions. For example, synthetic EPO is still administered in a solution containing human albumin as an adjuvant.
Also, even though recombinant products are available, they are not all as effective as the real thing. Recombinant Factor VIII is not an option for all hemophiliacs.
So if the JW stance on stored blood strikes you as hypocritical, it's for good reason