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.:BLOOD TRANSFUSION SECRETS JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ARE NOT TOLD: 12 Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses on The Use of Blood
1. Does the Watchtower teach that "organ transplants" and "tissue transplants" can be acceptable to Jehovah's Witnesses without violating Biblical principles?
2. Does the Watchtower admit that "Blood is an organ of the body, and a blood transfusion is nothing less that an organ transplant."—Awake! August 22, 1999, p. 31? (View PDF of this Page)
3. If blood is an “organ” of the body and “nothing less” than a “tissue transplant” which Jehovah’s Witnesses accept, why do they still reject blood transfusions?
4. Are Jehovah's Witnesses told by the Watchtower that accepting whole blood or a transfusion of any of the four primary components of blood (i.e., red cells; white cells; platelets; plasma) constitutes a violation of God's Law on blood?
5. Why then are Jehovah's Witnesses told that all of the components that make up blood plasma are acceptable to take —even though whole plasma transfusions are not?
6. Does the Watchtower reason that fractions derived from primary blood components can be acceptable to Jehovah's Witnesses on the basis that "plasma proteins (fractions) move from a pregnant woman's blood to the separate blood system of her fetus."—The Watchtower, June 15, 2004, p. 30? (View PDF of this Page)
7. If factors of blood components are acceptable to Jehovah's Witnesses on the basis that plasma factors cross from mother to baby in the womb, why does the Watchtower claim that transfusions of white blood cells are unacceptable—given the research that white blood cells pass from mother to baby in the mother's milk?
8. Does the Watchtower claim that Jehovah's Witnesses disallow the use of autotransfusion (having their own blood stored for later use) because they believe that once blood is out of the body it should be disposed of?
9. Why then are hemophiliac Jehovah's Witnesses told that it is not a violation of God's blood Law to take transfusions of Factor VIII pooled from stored blood?
10. Since the Jehovah's Witnesses permit the use of Factor VIII derived from stored blood, why does the Watchtower claim that donating one's blood violates God's Law?
11. If the penalty for violating God's Law on blood requires the death of the person, why did Jehovah let the Israelite people who violated His Blood Law live at 1 Samuel 14:31-34? If God intended His command to "abstain...from blood" in Acts 15:28-29 to apply to human blood transfusions (rather than just prohibiting the eating of blood from sacrificial animals), why is there no mention of blood transfusions anywhere in the Bible? When we consider the fact that evidence exists for the practice of blood being transferred from a healthy person to an old or sick person as early as "two thousand years before Christ," why is Scripture silent about this practice and only mentions the physical eating of blood?
12. According to a 1999 Consumer Report, what is the “risk” of infection from a two-unit blood transfusion?
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