Jehovah's Witness who died after childbirth remembered publicly in Laval by her aunt - VIDEO

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    Jehovah’s Witness who died after childbirth remembered in Laval

    By Navneet Pall Global News

    WATCH: A public memorial was held in Laval Saturday afternoon in honour of Eloïse Dupuis, who died from complications following childbirth in October.

    A public memorial was held in Laval Saturday afternoon to honour Éloïse Dupuis.

    Dupuis, 26, gave birth in Lévis, Quebec, in mid-October but died six days later after refusing blood transfusions.

    She is the second Jehovah’s Witness to have died in the province from complications following childbirth.

    Beliefs held by Jehovah’s Witnesses do not permit blood transfusions, however, a Quebec coroner who is investigating Dupuis’ death and looking into whether her refusal met standards of informed consent.

    Lévis police are also investigating the matter after Dupuis’ aunt, Manon Boyer, complained the Jehovah’s Witness liaison committee at the hospital pressured her niece into not accepting a blood transfusion.

    The memorial, organized by Boyer, took place at the Eggspress restaurant.

    The funeral for Dupuis was held Saturday in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, south of Quebec City, but Boyer and non-Jehovah Witness family members were not invited.

  • OrphanCrow

    Thank you for posting this, Barbara.

    The story is also being carried by CBC:

    Coroner, police investigating, MNAs call for inquiry

    Their concerns have now been taken up by two Coalition Avenir Québec MNAs, Simon Jolin-Barrette and Lise Lavallée, who want a parliamentary committee to look into the issue.

    A Quebec coroner is already investigating Dupuis's death and that of another Jehovah's Witness woman, Mirlande Cadet, to determine if their refusal of blood met legal and medical standards for free and informed consent.

    Police in Lévis, where Dupuis died in hospital, are also investigating her death after Boyer lodged a complaint about the alleged behaviour of a Jehovah's Witness hospital liaison committee at the hospital.

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