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Jehovah's Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation

April  2005
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July 2004
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The Watchtower Society redefines the guidelines for use of blood products
Osamu Muramoto, M.D.

January 2004
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2003 Watchtower Healthcare Documents - PDF File

American Anesthesiologist's Conference
AJWRB hosts exhibit at the 2000 ASA conference in San Francisco, U.S.A.

January 6, 2001 British Medical Journal
The Watchtower has ceased disfellowshiping members who accept blood transfusions and now permits hemoglobin and many other blood products. The medical community is beginning to focus attention on this irrational policy. This link takes you directly to the BMJ. There is a lively debate taking place between various AJWRB members, doctors, academics and Watchtower apologists.

Medical ethics community focuses on WTS blood policy
The Watchtower has come under heavy scrutiny by the medical ethics community. Read the ground breaking series of articles appearing in the October, 2000 issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Watchtower Society approves Hemopure for Jehovah's Witnesses
In a remarkable development, the Watchtower has permitted the use of an oxygen carrying hemoglobin solution made from cow's blood.

Watchtower Society blood policy changes again
In a very important development, the June 15, 2000 Watchtower presents an exhaustive "Questions From Readers" article detailing further changes in the blood policy that will affect millions of Jehovah's Witnesses and save thousands of lives.

Watchtower Society ceases disfellowshiping action
The Watchtower has announced that it will no longer disfellowship members who accept blood  transfusions - Why?

"Don't ask, don't tell" policy urged
Dr. Osamu Muramoto a regional ethics advisor in the USA is suggesting that the Watchtower Society adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding the use of those blood components the WTS does not permit its members to accept.

American College of Emergency Physician's Scientific Assembly
AJWRB hosts information booth at the 1999 ACEP conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

AJWRB members in the United States, Netherlands, and United Kingdom have been disfellowshipped for questioning the Watchtower blood policy.


 
The Watchtower Society's blood policy has swiftly mutated into a deadly shell game. The policy aims to permit artificial blood (hemoglobin solutions like HemoPure and PolyHeme). While the leadership waits for the new blood products to hit the market, members continue to reject medically necessary transfusions of red cells and discontinue their chemotherapy treatments when platelet transfusions are needed even though platelets comprise less than 1/5 of 1% of blood volume. The average Jehovah's Witness has little or no realization of what is taking place. Those that do are frightened by the implications and effectively silenced by fear of Watchtower sanctions that would require their JW family members and friends to shun them.

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