Two Questions—Plasma and Serum
1. Does Watchtower doctrine prohibit transfusion of plasma as it does transfusion of platelets?
2. Does Watchtower doctrine prohibit transfusion of serum as it does transfusion of platelets?[1-2]
How would participants here answer these two questions?
1. “Today, most transfusions are not of whole blood but of one of its primary components: (1) red cells; (2) white cells; (3) platelets; (4) plasma (serum), the fluid part. Depending on the condition of the patient, physicians might prescribe red cells, white cells, platelets, or plasma. Transfusing these major components allows a single unit of blood to be divided among more patients. Jehovah’s Witnesses hold that accepting whole blood or any of those four primary components violates God’s law.”—(Watchtower, June 15, 2004 pp. 29-30)
2. “What, however, about accepting serum injections to fight against disease, such as are employed for diphtheria, tetanus, viral hepatitis, rabies, hemophilia and Rh incompatibility? This seems to fall into a ‘gray area.’ Some Christians believe that accepting a small amount of a blood derivative for such a purpose would not be a manifestation of disrespect for God’s law; their conscience would permit such.”—(Watchtower, June 15, 1978 pp. 30-31)