Legal

gavel1Jehovah’s Witnesses are no strangers to the legal system. The Watchtower Society has fought and won numerous landmark court battles before the highest courts in many lands. This is well-known in the legal community and among Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The blood transfusion policy has brought the Watchtower and many Jehovah’s Witnesses into direct conflict with the courts and authorities – especially where children and adolescents are involved. They have published, printed and distributed binding legal documents as well as directives and a great deal of “advice” on medicine.

In this section we take a closer look at these issues and consider the legal ramifications of their blood policy as well as what potential may exist for protecting children and adolescents and holding the Watchtower responsible for the results of their policies on blood.


 

Watchtower “No Blood Card”

The “No Blood Card” that Jehovah’s Witnesses carry with them has experienced very significant changes over the years, as you will see in this article. It was simply referred to as “the blood card” for many decades, then came to be called “the Advanced Medical Directive”. The last major change occurred in 2004, when it was combined with a Durable Power of Attorney specific to each state and is at times referred to as the …

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation.

After the death of her mother, we were contacted by Kerry Louderback-Wood. She later wrote the following article for the Journal of Church and State’s Autumn 2005 issue. The article shows how the Watchtower Society might be held legally responsible for failure to properly disseminate its religious beliefs to followers. She dedicates the article to the children who have been harmed by the Watchtower’s policies on the use of blood and she continues to speak …

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Watchtower Commits Perjury

In a shocking development, we have learned the Watchtower Society perjured itself before the European Commission on Human Rights. This is a commission that operates under authority of the World Court, and to which the Watchtower Society apparently submitted a false and misleading application regarding objections to legal recognition that were raised by the government of Bulgaria. By reading the Press release issued by the commission, it will be readily apparent to anyone familiar with Jehovah’s Witnesses, …

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Agency Law and the Watchtower Society

Those considering legal action against the Watchtower Society (hereafter WTS) may wish to explore the potential for holding them liable for negligently providing inaccurate medical advice. The WTS has placed itself in the role of divinely inspired and spirit directed advisor, counselor and agent as a brief survey of their writings demonstrates: *** w71 9/1 526 Fortify Yourself So as to Maintain Integrity *** “Contrary to the advice of the organization of Jehovah’s witnesses…” *** km …

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