What have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically believed about Blood Transfusions?
1940 – Blood transfusions are acceptable – Consolation 1940 December p.19
1945 – Blood transfusion are not acceptable – The Watchtower 1945 7th Jan p.201
Can Jehovah’s Witnesses accept clotting factors, albumin, hemoglobin, stored blood etc.?
NO – Awake! Sept. 8, 1956 Awake, p. 20
YES – The Watchtower Sept. 15, 1958, p. 575
The Watchtower, August 1, 1958 – Questions from Readers
An individual is not disfellowshipped for having voluntarily taken a blood transfusion
NO – The Watchtower Sept. 15, 1961, p.558 para.16
YES – The Watchtower Nov 15, 1964, p.682 para.3
NO – Awake! Feb 22, 1975, p.30 “Hemophilia Treatment Hazard”
YES – The Watchtower Jun 15, 1978, p.30 “Are serum injections compatible with Christian belief?”
NO – Blood Brochure 1990 p.27 para.7
YES -The Watchtower, June 15, 2004, p.23 para.16
Sworn testimony submitted by the Society before the European Human Rights Commission Jul 3 1997:
“As regards the alleged involvement of children, the [WatchTower Bible and tract Society] submits that children cannot become members of the association but only participate, together with their parents, in the religious activities of the community. In respect of the refusal of blood transfusion, the applicant association submits that there are no religious sanctions for a Jehovah’s Witness who chooses to accept blood transfusion and that, therefore, the fact that the religious doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses is against blood transfusion cannot amount to a threat to public health.”