After new mom's death, Jehovah's Witnesses take heat
A Quebec coroner opened an inquest, but Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said Dupuis made the choice on her own.
"She knew, and she made it clear, that if something was to happen, because of her religion she didn't want any transfusion," he told the CBC.
A former church member describes the committees as "intimidating," but the church defends them. They are "not surrogate decision makers for patients" and are "generally well received in the medical community and recognized as contributing to advances in bloodless medicine and surgery," the church said in a statement.
A spokesman says the church is confident the inquest will show the legal standard for consent was met.
I think this is an indication that the inquest isn't going to do much.
The HLC is firmly embedded into the Canadian health care system and they have the backing of the people who are important and have influence: the Quebec Health Minister and the blood(less)/blood management industry.
The WT's HLC has the backing that counts - the community at large is up against decades of bricklaying work that the Watchtower has already laid and that fortification is pretty strong - it goes all the way up to the United Nations.
Of course the org is confident. They have had years and years to prepare for this. This recent blood death is just a blip on the screen...and a reason to watch the stock market for the biotech companies that the bloodless industry supports