Canada - Macleans article, Oct. 28, 2016: A Jehovah’s Witness and her deadly devotion

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  • AndersonsInfo

    A Jehovah’s Witness and her deadly devotion

    Did a Jehovah’s Witness die after refusing a blood transfusion, and should the state have let it happen?

    Martin Patriquin

    October 28, 2016

    On Oct. 6, Dupuis, then 27, entered a birthing centre in the Quebec City suburb of Lévis. Six days later she died in hospital shortly after delivering a baby boy. Attention has focused on whether Dupuis, who practised the rituals and attended the services of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, ultimately invoked one of the Church’s chief tenets: refusing a blood transfusion, even if it might have saved her life.

    The other part of her life was often in contradiction to the first. The only child of practising Jehovah’s Witnesses, she wasn’t allowed to go to the movies. (Twilight, with its focus on vampires and blood, was particularly verboten.) The boy in question from her youth “caused a problem” because he wasn’t a Witness, says her friend Cassandra Zélézen. They were forbidden from seeing one another.

    Éloïse Dupuis had a foot in two very different worlds. She liked makeup, smartphones and, as a teenager, had a crush on a boy. She went to the cinema—the Twilight movie series was her favourite—and babysat the triplets who lived down the dirt road from her house in the town of Ste-Julienne, a village about 70 km northeast of Montreal. She shopped: Sport Experts for Pumas, the pharmacy for cosmetics, Joshua Perets for most everything else.

    And in a province often struggling with how to legislate what (mostly Muslim) women can wear in public in the name of religion, the case of Éloïse Dupuis is more vexing. Many Quebecers now wonder if the state should be able prevent consenting, otherwise healthy adults from adhering to a potentially deadly (and very Christian) belief in the sanctity of one’s own blood.

    While the church wouldn’t say whether Dupuis refused a blood transfusion, Quebec’s health minister confirmed as much when he said in the National Assembly that Dupuis “had given informed consent . . . free of external pressure” several times throughout her ordeal.

    Her non-Jehovah’s Witnesses family members and friends believe otherwise, saying Dupuis had an emergency hysterectomy (a result of complications during childbirth) and was subjected to an induced coma that, by its very nature, prevents consent of any kind. “For six days they watched her die,” says Manon Boyer, Dupuis’s aunt. Zélézen, one of the triplets Dupuis babysat, says she learned about Dupuis’s imminent death by reading messages of condolence from Jehovah’s Witnesses on Facebook. She and her sisters rushed from Montreal to the hospital in Lévis, where nurses told her that Dupuis had minutes left to live.

    “When we got there, three men from the Church, one who was all in black, blocked us from going into the room,” Zélézen says. “Five minutes later she was dead. Everyone who came out of the room was a Jehovah’s Witness.”


  • OrphanCrow

    Thank you for posting that article, Barbara.

    Excellent article.

    It is so good to see that the "care plan for mothers" that was recently sent to the elders has made its way into the hands of someone in the public.

    People need to be made aware of how coercive the blood refusal belief actually is.

    And hats off to wifibandit for leaking the care plan to begin with.

  • UnshackleTheChains

    This is so sad. A baby without its mother. Dead because some men in new York overide our freedom of conscience through manipulation and fear. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  • flipper

    Zelezen stated, " When we got there, three men from the church, one who was all in black, blocked us from going into the room . Five minutes later she was dead. Everyone who came out of the room was a Jehovah's witness. "

    Tells us all we need to know about how Jehovah's Witnesses roll. The young ladies that this JW woman babysat weren't even allowed to see her before she died. Just disgusting, freaking disgusting. WT Society needs to be brought up on crimes against humanity. Bad enough that this little boy will not have his mother to raise him due to idiotic WT no-blood policies- but to add to that lack of compassion for these young ladies is abominable. The whole damn thing is abominable

  • GrreatTeacher

    The Hospital Liason Committee are vultures.

    I've seen them in action several times.

  • Introvert 2
    Introvert 2

    Thank-you Barbara. Myself being from Québec most people I've discussed this recent event with are shocked and outraged ! Thanks again for this post and the McLean link great job as usual ! Hugh

  • Vidiot

    "Deadly Devotion" would be a good title for a 60-Minutes-style expose on all the WT-transfusion-ban-related deaths.

    Or has it already been done?

  • biblexaminer

    Watchtower Assisted Suicide

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    Romans 12:1[ A Living Sacrifice ] "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."

    Watchtower wants dead ones.

  • AndersonsInfo

    Hi Vidiot. Yes, it already has been done. "Deadly Devotion" is the name of a series of six programs on ID Discovery. In August 2015, "Witness to Murder" was the first episode in the "Deadly Devotion" series of Season 3. It was the story of JWs, Robert and Janet Bryant. Some time after Robert was disfellowshipped for apostasy, in 2002, he murdered his wife and four children. He then committed suicide. The program discusses what could have driven Robert Bryant to do what he did. The program can still be viewed on ID Discovery.

  • darkspilver

    Deadly Devotion: Witness to Murder

    Kim Anderson, a divorced mother of two and devout Jehovah's Witness, finally finds the man of her dreams. But on their wedding day, she has a sinking feeling that something is terribly wrong.

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