Jehovah’s Witnesses say they seek best treatment

VICTORIA (CP) – The group that speaks for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada has issued a statement urging people not to jump to conclusions about their faith.

The sect’s prohibition on blood transfusions is again in the spotlight after the B.C. government seized three infant sextuplets and gave them blood transfusions against the wishes of their Jehovah’s Witness parents.

But Jehovah’s Witnesses Canada says in a media statement that even an Alberta judge has concluded people shouldn’t assume parents are always wrong in refusing transfusions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood

“[T]he Jehovah’s Witnesses organization prohibits the use of blood transfusions. Individual Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to die or let their children die, rather than break this command, even though the Scriptures nowhere teach that blood transfusions are wrong.”
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The release also says hospitals in Canada and the United States have treated extremely premature infants without blood transfusions by taking smaller samples of blood and accepting lower hemoglobin levels, among other things.

The remaining sextuplets are back in the custody of their parents after the B.C. government abruptly withdrew the seizure order Wednesday.

Their parents, who cannot be named, said in a court affidavit that the seizure and blood transfusions were “violating.”

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