I considered myself an 'informed' disfellowshiiped person, and I then and now will not allow a blood transfusion, even to save my life. I would rather go fast than slow from an AIDS or a Hepatitis C type of thing.
And no one's been able to show that cancer or Alzheimer's disease cannot be transmitted through blood transfusions. Blood transfusions are so doggone common, that there's no way really of tracking a relationship thre. Working as a nurse, I've seen so many deaths from these diseases/conditions, that given a choice between blunt force trauma and a slow, lingering,agonizing death; I'll take the 18-wheeler, than you.
I don't consider this stand leftover from the JW's; I just know what I see with my own eyes. Blood gets abused a lot as well; there are a lot of elderly people walking around with Hepatitis C because they were transfused with blood just to get their red blood cell count up and be transferred to a different facility. My mother-in-law was one of them. <groan> Hospitals really need a more responsible policy on this.
Personally, I think everybody should carry a blood card; 'Yes I want it', or 'No I don't'.
Children I can't say; I would let my child have one, but only to save life.
Shunning someone because their value system or lifestyle is different is intolerable, and I never did it as a Witness (tho I was discreet about it) is intolerable. It is speeding up my JW exit, believe me.
You can disagree with the Society about the blood transfusion and still stay a Witness, because it's a secret thing (even if confronted medically with it, that is SUPPOSED to be secret too.) Shunning is something JW's are confronted with a lot, with 40,000 disfellowshippings and God knows how many dissasociations per year.
which brings up the interesting question? DA or DF or fadeaway? IF a person does the fadeaway, we protect our loved ones from confronting these doctrines and making these choices. Doing the DA or DF forces our loved ones to make hard choices. Some would say that is the more loving thing to do.
Simon put up a poll a ways back about the reasons for unhappiness with the org. shunning or blood were the least responsible cause listed; hypocrisy I think was the biggest bone of contention.
Poll! Poll! Poll!
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