It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, good to see the forum well attended & spicy as ever. This just in from a close & trusted source, names & local places redacted for obvious reasons:
“Shit’s happening. It’s been on our radar since January but [----] just got confirmation today that JWs are quietly rolling out a policy change intensifying their stance on blood transfusions. They’ve been having private special meetings in different cities across the country. The liaison committees in each of the cities gathered all the JW healthcare professionals in their areas and read a letter stating that they can no longer administer, order, or even recommend a blood transfusion in any form, even if it means termination from their job. We got confirmation of meetings happening in Atlanta, Chicago, and Florida. Plus one person in [a nearby area] said a brother from the liaison committee….called [----] on the phone and informed [----] of the change. So this is real and it’s just a matter of time until the letter gets read in [your area], [-----] makes a stance, and gets disfellowshipped.”
Has anyone else heard about this? I don’t want to shoot off a flare over an unverified rumor, but these stories have come in recently from several unrelated & unsolicited sources. Trying to obtain a copy of any official documentation confirming this policy, if any. If true, it appears this info is being dispersed directly through the Hospital Liaison Committees in each region, and as usual letters are read but not distributed. If any of you are close to anyone on your local HLC, this would be excellent time for a clandestine book bag inventory near a convenient scanner .
I find it a little suspicious that there are not widespread reports indicating an organization-wide initiative. These kind of things usually get orchestrated in lock-step. The person who reported this to me feels the Org may be putting out feelers to the JW healthcare community to gauge response prior to issuing an official change in policy. Or, more sinister and true-to-form, they may be laying the groundwork for saying later that “we’ve always had this policy” to force submission via gas lighting in the future. This has always been understood to be a personal "conscience matter" to my knowledge.
If this is verified, it looks like they’ve finally targeted the last well-educated and reasonably prosperous demographic block they have left, the medical professions. Not sure how many of this group would simply fold and refuse to treat patients in dire need though, especially at the risk of a well-paying & stable job. Oh...and abandoning the Hippocratic oath in the process.
I definitely figured the Org would go in the opposite direction on the blood issue over time. Looks like I may have underestimated the Cool Aid mixture again….