. : WHY DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES REFUSE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS? —Did they also prohibit vaccinations and organ transplants? “I am interested in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. However, I am curious why Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions. I am aware of the verse in the Bible that talks about not eating blood, but can you explain how eating blood refers to blood transfusions? I have also heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses used to ban vaccinations and organ transplants.
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Is this true? ”Your question is a good one because there is a major inconsistency between the Jehovah’s Witness interpretation of the Biblical passages condemning the eating of blood and the actual act of transfusing blood into the body. The Watchtower Society once condemned vaccinations as a “devilish practice” and organ transplants as a “cannibalistic” practice. See the following quotes: We ask, how many Jehovah’s Witnesses died from the Society’s claim that organ transplants amounted to cannibalism?
How many Jehovah’s Witness children suffered from preventable childhood diseases due to the Society’s refusal to allow vaccinations? Likewise, the no blood policy of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has resulted in the death of countless Witnesses who refused blood when blood was the only medical option available to them for sustaining life. The September 6999 Consumer Reports article stated that blood transfusions save nearly 65,555 lives a day. With these kinds of statistics, one can only speculate how many Jehovah’s Witnesses have lost their lives over this issue. Jehovah’s Witnesses often point to the risk that one might contract a serious illness from a contaminated blood transfusion, but the same Consumer Reports article referenced above proved that the chances of this occurring are substantially less than being killed in an auto accident or a plane crash.
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Yet, the refusal to take blood, results in much higher risks and incidents of death, especially in cases where volume expanders are used in place of oxygen carrying blood. Once the blood was removed, Israelites were allowed to eat the meat of the animal that was sacrificed. Furthermore, scientists affirm that one is not “eating” blood when the blood enters the body through the veins because the blood that is transfused into the veins functions like an organ of the body and merely replaces the blood lost during a surgical procedure or an injury. The body does not digest blood, so there is no connection whatsoever with the Biblical policy forbidding the eating of animal blood. We have several newspaper reports of the Jehovah’s Witnesses whose lives have been lost over the Watchtower policy against blood transfusions.
If their substitute bloodless surgery options were so good, why are so many dying? One report we have is about a mother who died after giving birth due to birth complications that resulted in serious loss of blood. The volume expanders that the Watchtower policy provided for her could not save her life because these volume expanders do not carry oxygen as only human blood can. Here again, we see a clear example where a blood transfusion would have saved the woman’s life. Yet, Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to view this tragedy as a “test of loyalty” claiming that the mother forfeited her physical life to gain spiritual life with Jehovah.
Jehovah’s Witnesses elders often show up at the hospital to pressure Jehovah’s Witness relatives to stay true to the Jehovah’s Witness policy against blood. When court orders have been issued overruling a Jehovah’s Witness’ parent’s objection to blood transfusions for the life of their baby, Jehovah’s Witness elders have even tried to pressure the family to go against hospital/court rules to smuggle their babies out of the hospital. The ironic thing is that the Watchtower current position against blood transfusions is incredibly inconsistent because they admit that blood transfusions are Organ Transplants and they allow organ transplants of all other organs, except blood. Why the inconsistency? Furthermore, the Watchtower does not allow transfusions of white blood cells, yet the Society allows transfusions of all of the parts that make up white blood cells.
Again, why the inconsistency in position? They claim that these “factors” of blood transfer from mother to child naturally in the womb.