1. What Watchtower says cannot be trusted. It does not matter how explicit the statement. If it comes from Watchtower it cannot be trusted at face value.
2. I have known of individuals who conscientiously accepted blood products termed “unacceptable” under Watchtower doctrine, and it was announced they were disfellowshipped/disassociated. On the other hand, and as Dogpatch says, others do not have knowledge of this occurring that they can verify. Naturally this raises questions about what is the actual policy.
3. A recent incident reported here is of Maribel Perez. According to reporter/writer/videographer Joel Engardio this woman was disfellowshipped/disassociated for accepting blood transfusion. This incident reported occurred in 2010. If Perez was disfellowshipped for some other reason it is not indicated in the report. (http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/medical/189236/1/Knocking-Director-Joel-Engardio-wonders-why-JWs-bother-to-adhere-to-a-no-blood-theology )
4. Locally we have the incident of Oompa from 2011. I have not read the whole discussion, but his story is available on this forum for readers to make of it what they will. (http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/205700/1/so-oompa-got-dfd-this-week )
5. If current Watchtower policy is to disfellowship/disassociate Witnesses for conscientiously accepting “unacceptable” blood products then in relation to numbers of Witnesses disfellowshipped for sexual sins we should expect there to be a relatively small number of Witnesses who are actually disfellowshipped for accepting blood products forbidden under Watchtower doctrine. That is to say, for many and varied reasons it would be irrational to think Watchtower policy no longer shuns Witnesses for conscientiously accepting blood because we do not realize the numbers disfellowshipped over blood as we see for sexual sins. These many and varied reason I shared earlier on this forum. (http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/medical/224882/1/Blood-transfusion-DF-DA ) Because the relative number would be small this might explain why some folks know of this occurring and others do not.
6. Then there is always the conclusion that Watchtower policy is to no longer have Witnesses shunned for the sin of accepting “unacceptable” blood products because they see nothing whatsoever wrong with it. If this is the case I have not personally seen evidence of it. But who knows. For sure we know Watchtower’s leadership is willing to lie. So we cannot trust Watchtower. On the other hand, it would be a fallacious to conclude because Watchtower is known to lie that in this instance it is lying (about its blood policy and shunning).
There is no secret that this subject is high on my list of priorities. Anyone remotely familiar with my work can see that. The discussion of whether Watchtower continues a policy to shun Witnesses for conscientious acceptance of certain blood products is something I follow closely, and with great interest. What I write above is not to challenge anyone who thinks Watchtower policy has changed. Rather, what I write is to continue and grow the subject for everyone’s sake. We know from non-Watchtower sources that thousands of Witnesses have died over Watchtower’s blood doctrine. ( More than 50,000 dead available at: http://marvinshilmer.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-than-50000-dead.html ) If Watchtower doctrine no longer has Witnesses shunned for conscientiously accepting blood products known as whole blood, red cells, white cells, platelets or plasma then we should announce it from the highest platform we can find, and make the announcement with convincing evidence for sake of saving lives.
As of now, based on Watchtower statistics and those gathered in the article cited just above, at least 2,000 preventable deaths are occurring annually among the Witness community. This is serious stuff and should not become a point of bickering among us who are trying to stop this madness. Let’s work together to find evidence one way or another on the subject at issue in this discussion.
Does Watchtower doctrine have Witnesses shunned for conscientious acceptance of the blood products known as whole blood, red cells, white cells, platelets or plasma, or not?