J Ws DO ALLOW BLOOD!
Medical treatment containing blood i.e. in vaccines for tetanus,
diptheria, etc, in serum injections, and in Factor VIII (for
hemophiliacs) is acceptable to Jehovah's Witnesses. (JWs) (The
Watchtower 1978 June 15 pp. 30-31)
The following explanation regarding hemophiliacs and Factor VIII is from literature provided to doctors and hospitals:
(Investigator 22, 1992 January)
AHF (anti-hemophilic factor) is a heat treated concentrate of
human blood coagulation factor VIII pre¬pared from a large pool of
fresh frozen plasma obtained from voluntary donors...
Haemophilia A is a hereditary bleeding disorder characterized by
deficient levels of coagulant activity of specific plasma protein
clotting factor, Factor VIII. In afflicted individuals, hemorrhage may
occur spontaneously or only after minor trauma, resulting in profuse
bleeding episodes attributable to Factor VIII deficiency. Surgery on
these individuals is not feasible without first correcting the clotting
AHF (High Purity) is prepared from human plasma... However, since no
completely reliable laboratory procedure is yet available to
eliminate all potentially infectious donations, infectivity may still
be present in the starting plasma from which AHF (High
Purity) is manufactured...
Any case of infection associated with the use of the product should be reported to the appropriate Blood Transfusion Service...
(Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Melbourne)
The Watchtower Society (WTS) takes its stand despite the fact that
small amounts of blood also carry the same risk of AIDS, hepatitis,
Many hemophiliacs receive as many as 30 to 50 infusions of Factor VIII
in a year, according to the National Hemophiliac Foundation of
U.S.A. A single injection of the human blood concentrate Factor VIII
may contain the clotting proteins from as many as 2500 human
A JW hemophiliac taking all necessary injections to remain alive would
be the recipient of Factor VIII from 25000 to 75000 donors a year! None
of those donors, however, will be a JW since his religion does not
permit him to donate blood!
It is disgraceful that the WTS allows some JWs to use Factor VIII human
blood product, even at the risk of AIDS, while other JWs are
disfellowshipped for trying to save their lives or their child's life
through blood transfusion.
The WTS forbids this life giving gift to its followers and their
dependents by a completely out of context misapplication of
certain Bible verses. There is no relevant similarity between the
ancient custom of drinking blood, which was forbidden in the
Scriptures, and the modern humane application of blood transfusions.
(For further information see Investigator numbers 8, 10 & 12)
The JWs refuse blood transfusions not on Scriptural grounds but because
the WTS tells them to do so. In the past the WTS opposed vaccinations,
organ transplants and the use of blood serums and blood fractions. When
the WTS reversed these teachings the JWs had no qualms about
accepting these medical treatments.
It is unlikely that the WTS will reverse its teaching on blood
transfusions in the near future, because they are far too entrenched in
this "killer" teaching. It will be expedient to allow further needless
deaths rather than face serious revolt and possible law suits.
B J Kotwall