Another Canadian Blood Lawsuit

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  • Kenneson

    Jw's are at it again. Today's Calgary Sun carries the story, "Blood battle lawsuit filed. Parents fought blood transfusion. Forcing a newborn Jehovah's Witness to undergo a blood transfusion should cost the provincial government $50,000, a lawsuit claims."

  • jgnat

    What do they hope to accomplish with this lawsuit? Prove to the rank-and-file that the WTBTS is continuing the Brave Fight against Babylon the Great? If the WT wins, more people will die, unable to change their minds about blood from the grave.

    Don't people understand that the immediate need for blood can be a life-or-death, no time for "second opinions"?

  • Scully
    Friday, August 29, 2003

    Blood battle lawsuit filed

    Parents fought baby's forced transfusion

    Forcing a newborn Jehovah's Witness to undergo a blood transfusion should cost the provincial government $50,000, a lawsuit claims.

    A statement of claim, filed on behalf of the child and his Calgary parents, says the infant was seized illegally by Child Welfare.

    The document, a copy of which was obtained yesterday by the Sun, alleges the couple was forced into a family court hearing without legal representation.

    Child Welfare then used "inaccurate and misleading" medical information to get a temporary guardianship order which permitted the transfusion.

    The young boy -- who can't be named under the Child Welfare Act -- was seized two years ago, less than three weeks after he was born prematurely, weighing a scant two pounds, 10 ounces. When he developed a bowel infection, Dr. Doug McMillan recommended a blood transfusion, a procedure the parents felt was unnecessary and against their religious beliefs.

    "They requested that Dr. McMillan consult with two other named expert neonatologists. Dr. McMillan declined," the lawsuit, filed by lawyer Shane Brady says.

    Brady was one of the lawyers in the Bethany Hughes case, the Calgary teen who died last year of leukemia after an failed court battle against transfusions for her cancer treatment.

    The new lawsuit claims the parents were forced to appear in court Aug. 10, 2001 with an hour's notice, preventing them from retaining counsel or arranging for an expert witness.

    "Defendants violated (the) plaintiffs' freedom of religion and conscience by requesting and permitting blood transfusions to be imposed on (the boy)," the lawsuit alleges.

    Along with damages the court action seeks a declaration the family's Charter rights were violated, including their religious freedom.

    The action says the parents were willing to allow their son to undergo other procedures which didn't involve transfusions.

    "They accept standard medical treatment, but object to blood transfusions as a violation of the Biblical command ... to 'abstain from blood,' " it says.

    The child, who has fully recovered, returned home to his parents' care Sept. 27, 2001.

    A statement of defence disputing the unproven allegations has not yet been filed.

    I wonder what the kid's life is like, having been returned to his parents "tainted" by a blood transfusion. What permanent damage has the child suffered as a result of having blood given to him at three weeks of age? Had he died as a result of NOT receiving blood transfusions, how much do you want to bet that the WTS would be encouraging a malpractice lawsuit?

    How would the parents or even Mr. Brady (lawyer and erstwhile Bethel kitchen staff) know that Child Welfare used "inaccurate and misleading medical information" to have the infant apprehended and obtain a court order to allow blood transfusions? Do any of them have medical degrees which gives them expert credibility to support these allegations? What, if anything, did they know on August 10, 2001 about necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants, that gave them any kind of insight as to what is or is not "inaccurate and misleading information"?

    To all you lurking JWs out there: This is the kind of thing your donations to the World Wide Preaching Work™ are funding. Think about it.

    Love, Scully

  • izobcenec

    They are just trying to make confusion...they hope, that the general public will mix
    all the abuse/transfusion lawsuits...

  • mizpah

    We should have compassion and pity for the parents who agonize over the life of a child and their faith. For anyone who has ever faced this decision, one knows that it is not a clear cut one at all. I feel sorry for all JW parents who have to face this situation.

    Our anger should be directed toward the Watchtower organization who still promotes its unscriptural and cruel policy regarding blood transfusions. Like Baal of old, it doesn't mind sacrificing children for its own purpose.

  • Panda

    I've always wondered what I would've done if I'd had a child who needed a BT. Or if my husband needed one. I remember a young jw whose husband was in an awful motorcycle accident. Even w/ elders around her she ok'd the BT. Her husband died anyway (not due to BT). But I thought if it came down to the decision what would I do? Now of course, no problem with BT, but if I let my husband die I would never be able to forgive myself ... especially over dietary laws!

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