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  • About AJWRB 

    WELCOME TO AJWRB! Associated Jehovah's Witnesses for Reform on Blood (now Advocates for Jehovah's Witness Reform on Blood) and this web site (AJWRB.org) were…

  • AJWRB Terms of Use 

    What you agree to when using our site Terms and Conditions of Service March 1, 2014 Please note that AJWRB Offerings (as defined below) are under constant…

  • Bible 

    For Jehovah's Witnesses the Biblical perspective should be of primary importance. Just how compelling of a case can be presented for a scriptural injunction…

    • Acts 15 and the Apostolic Decree 

      The final and most relevant texts cited by the Watchtower Society (WTS)  in support of its blood doctrine are those from Acts chapter fifteen and twenty-one…

    • Blood and the Mosaic Law 

      Photo - Gregory Tran The next major set of texts used by the WTS Society in support of its teaching on blood are those found in the Mosaic Law and recorded…

    • Genesis 9 and the Eternal Covenant? 

      Photo by Rob Kunz In this section we will focus on the first major Bible text that addresses blood. Its found in the first book of the Bible and is quoted…

    • New Light on Blood 

      Jehovah's Witnesses strive to follow the Bible as the ultimate authority. Historically, they have found their understanding of the scriptures needs to be…

    • Questions From Readers 

      What follows is an analysis of an article published by the Watchtower Society (WTS) in the April 15, 1983 "Questions From Readers" section. This article…

  • Blood Transfusion - is it a meal? 

    When the Watchtower Society established its transfusion ban it argued that a blood transfusion was the same as eating blood. In those days, when they also…

  • Blood Transfusions - What are the risks? 

    The typical Jehovah's Witness believes that blood transfusions are bad medicine and the equivalent of playing Russian Roulette. They have been so thoroughly…

  • Contact AJWRB 

  • Do Jehovah's Witnesses Really Abstain From Blood? 

    This document is available as a brochure that can be downloaded and printed for distribution to others.

  • Experiences 

    All Jehovah's Witnesses, particularly those in positions of oversight, need to fully come to grips with the toll in human lives and suffering the Watchtower's…

  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Historical Perspective on Blood 

    In this section, we will attempt to document some of the relevant historical information that is available regarding blood. Then we will look at the modern…

  • Legal 

    Jehovah's Witnesses are no strangers to the legal system. The Watchtower Society has fought and won numerous landmark court battles before the highest courts…

  • News & Media Information 

    The various media outlets regularly carry news concerning the Watchtower Society's blood policy and how it is impacting the lives of millions of Jehovah's…

  • Organ Transplants 

    Photo by Billy W As with blood, the Watchtower Society (WTS) originally had no objections to organ transplants. In a Questions from Readers section in The…

  • Physicians 

    Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood This section addresses some of the issues that confront doctors who treat Jehovah’s Witnesses and their children - particular…

  • Privacy Policy 

    How We Collect and Use Information About You Information you provide us directly: We ask for certain information such as your username, real name, and…

  • Prohibited Blood Components 

    Whole Blood: It should come as no surprise that the Society's prohibition against blood transfusions obviously includes whole blood. In real life, however,…

  • Quack Medicine 

    The founder of the Watchtower Society, Charles Taze Russell was extremely fascinated with science, technology and development. This fascination led to some…

  • Reform 

    Some people understandably dismiss the thought that the Watchtower blood doctrine can be reformed. They believe the doctrine is too entrenched, and that too…

  • Resources 

  • Science 

    While the Watchtower's blood policy is a religious based belief, they have expended great effort in using scientific claims to bolster compliance with their…

  • The Plasma Paradox 

    This illustration is taken from the October 22, 1990 issue of Awake! You will note that plasma constitutes 55% of the blood. Since the Watchtower Society…

  • Vaccination 

    Golden Age - March 30, 1930 p.409 Most Jehovah's Witnesses will be completely unaware of the Watchtower Society's (WTS) once firm position against the…

  • Watchtower 

    The Watchtower is a well-known periodical that has been published since 1879 and has been the principal vehicle used to disseminate information to Jehovah's…

  • Watchtower Approved Blood Transfusions 

    The Watchtower and Jehovah's Witnesses in general still cling to the "no blood" mantra. As you will see in this section, that claim is extraordinarily…

  • Watchtower Blood Map 

    The AJWRB.org "Watchtower Blood Map" displays the general geographic locations for cases where "Jehovah's Witnesses" and the issues of "blood transfusions" (or…

  • Watchtower Blood Propaganda 

    The Watchtower Society has not been content with giving "Biblical" reasons for prohibiting blood transfusions. Articles and publications dealing with this…

  • Welcome to the AJWRB Website 

    Resources for Jehovah's Witnesses and their Physicians Welcome to AJWRB. The web site started in 1997 as the work of one dissident Jehovah's Witnesses…

  • What is a Blood Transfusion? 

    For most Jehovah's Witnesses, the term "blood transfusion" conjures up a grim mental picture of a patient connected to a suspended IV bag bearing the label…


Articles

  • Category: Articles 
    • Outrageous Omission – Blood 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Watchtower Approves HemoPure 

      Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-compon…

    • Watchtower Position Crumbles  

      For those who have spent some time studying the Watchtower Society's (WTS) position on the use of blood, one of the most troubling aspects is their allowance…

  • Category: Bible 
    • Child Sacrifice and Jehovah's Witnesses 

      Dead JW Children Jehovah's Witness parents and their minor children are under tremendous pressure to support the Watchtower Society's irrational policies…

  • Category: Bulgaria 
    • 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…

  • Category: Children 
    • Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Child Sacrifice and Jehovah's Witnesses 

      Dead JW Children Jehovah's Witness parents and their minor children are under tremendous pressure to support the Watchtower Society's irrational policies…

    • Jehovah's Witness girl saved by court 

      In an article written by Zelda Venter and published on June 7, 2014, by IOL news of South Africa, a 10-year-old Jehovah's Witness girl was saved in South…

    • 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…

    • My Child is Dead 

      My son was theocratic - bright and promising and a true servant of Jehovah. He dreamed of going to Bethel to serve Jehovah more fully. He prepared for meetings…

    • Press Release – September 15, 2014 

      The Advocates for Jehovah’s Witness Reform on Blood ( AKA Associated Jehovah's Witnesses for Reform on Blood) welcome the stand taken by, and fully support…

    • Watchtower Sacrificial Lambs 

      Why Are These Kids Dead? Adrian Yeattes Age 15 Lisa Kosack Age 12 Wyndham Cook Age 15 Lenea Martinez Age 12 Dan Christian Anderson Age…

  • Category: Experiences 
    • Blood Saved Their Lives 

      Hi, I am not going to give any names but want all to know the following information. I have been a JWs for 40 years since I was 6 years old, 2 weeks ago I got…

    • Control and Repression - The Ray Hemming Story 

      Ray HemmingJehovah's Witness Elder If there’s one thing that people identify Jehovah's Witnesses with, it’s their refusal of blood transfusions. I…

    • Debbie Shard's Story 

      I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness in a family with a long history as members, going back to 1910. And I grew up truly believing it was the truth. However,…

    • Gestapo Tactics - the Wayne Rogers story 

      Freedom of thought is a right that many people take for granted. There are many people who believe they have freedom of thought, but are mistaken. I was one of…

    • My Child is Dead 

      My son was theocratic - bright and promising and a true servant of Jehovah. He dreamed of going to Bethel to serve Jehovah more fully. He prepared for meetings…

    • Silenced - The Rado Vleugel Story 

      My name is Rado Vleugel. I was born on January 1, 1973 in the city of Amsterdam while fire crackers where making a lot of noise. The January 15, 1994…

    • Stories That Break Hearts 

      The Watchtower's blood, organ transplant and vaccine bans have had a devastating impact on the lives of many people. Statistics are difficult to come by, but…

    • Watchtower Sacrificial Lambs 

      Why Are These Kids Dead? Adrian Yeattes Age 15 Lisa Kosack Age 12 Wyndham Cook Age 15 Lenea Martinez Age 12 Dan Christian Anderson Age…

  • Category: History 
    • Albumin - Watchtower Quotes 

      Albumin Protein What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature on the subject of albumin. Watchtower writers and representatives…

    • Blood Serum - Watchtower Quotes 

      Blood Serum Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen…

    • Control and Repression - The Ray Hemming Story 

      Ray HemmingJehovah's Witness Elder If there’s one thing that people identify Jehovah's Witnesses with, it’s their refusal of blood transfusions. I…

    • Debbie Shard's Story 

      I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness in a family with a long history as members, going back to 1910. And I grew up truly believing it was the truth. However,…

    • Jan. 27, 1997 Letter to Dan Sydlik 

      The following letter was sent to a member of the governing body in 1997 prior to the publishing of any information by AJWRB in the hope that it could be…

    • March 15, 1998 Letter to Governing Body 

      The following letter was mailed to the Governing Body on March 15, 1998. They never responded. ASSOCIATED JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES FOR REFORM ON BLOOD P.O.…

    • Science and Medicine - Watchtower Quotes 

      What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help researchers understand the mindset that existed within the…

    • 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…

    • Watchtower Approves HemoPure 

      Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-compon…

  • Category: Legal 
  • Category: Media 
    • Jehovah's Witness girl saved by court 

      In an article written by Zelda Venter and published on June 7, 2014, by IOL news of South Africa, a 10-year-old Jehovah's Witness girl was saved in South…

    • Media Guide 

      The information below is taken directly from the written instructions provided to Hospital Liaison Committee members who take Seminar II, as provided by the…

    • Press Release – September 15, 2014 

      The Advocates for Jehovah’s Witness Reform on Blood ( AKA Associated Jehovah's Witnesses for Reform on Blood) welcome the stand taken by, and fully support…

    • Silenced - The Rado Vleugel Story 

      My name is Rado Vleugel. I was born on January 1, 1973 in the city of Amsterdam while fire crackers where making a lot of noise. The January 15, 1994…

    • 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…

  • Category: Medical Professionals 
    • Blood Serum - Watchtower Quotes 

      Blood Serum Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen…

    • Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Questions for Those who Believe in the Watchtower Blood Policy 

      One of the most effective ways we have found in assisting other Witnesses to analyze the WTS blood doctrine is through the use of questions. The following…

    • 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…

    • Watchtower Approves HemoPure 

      Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-compon…

  • Category: Medicine 
    • Blood Serum - Watchtower Quotes 

      Blood Serum Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen…

    • Outrageous Omission – Blood 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Questions for Those who Believe in the Watchtower Blood Policy 

      One of the most effective ways we have found in assisting other Witnesses to analyze the WTS blood doctrine is through the use of questions. The following…

    • Straight from the Doctor 

      Dr. John Doyle, M.D answers questions Jehovah's Witnesses want to ask. QUESTION: These blood components allowed by the WTS, aren't really blood, are…

    • 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…

  • Category: Reform 
    • Appointed Servants of Jehovah's Witnesses 

      We call upon you to summon up the courage to carefully investigate the blood issue. We believe that you will find, as we have, that there is little if any…

    • Blood Saved Their Lives 

      Hi, I am not going to give any names but want all to know the following information. I have been a JWs for 40 years since I was 6 years old, 2 weeks ago I got…

    • Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Call to Action! 

      A significant effort is underway to reform the blood doctrine. This involves informing and educating all of Jehovah's Witnesses as to the facts about blood.…

    • Concluding Thoughts 

      AJWRB thanks you for taking the time to consider this information on blood. Assuming you are a Jehovah's Witness and have read all of the information, the next…

    • Friends and Family 

      If you have been a Jehovah's Witness for any period of time, you probably have many friends and family members who are also Witnesses and likely feel some…

    • H.L.C. Elders Speak Out 

      A Group of Hospital Liaison Committee (HLC) Members Speak Out HLCs are sat up in most parts of the earth by the Watchtower Society (hereafter WTS) to assist…

    • Jan. 27, 1997 Letter to Dan Sydlik 

      The following letter was sent to a member of the governing body in 1997 prior to the publishing of any information by AJWRB in the hope that it could be…

    • 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…

    • March 15, 1998 Letter to Governing Body 

      The following letter was mailed to the Governing Body on March 15, 1998. They never responded. ASSOCIATED JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES FOR REFORM ON BLOOD P.O.…

    • Questions for Those who Believe in the Watchtower Blood Policy 

      One of the most effective ways we have found in assisting other Witnesses to analyze the WTS blood doctrine is through the use of questions. The following…

    • Silenced - The Rado Vleugel Story 

      My name is Rado Vleugel. I was born on January 1, 1973 in the city of Amsterdam while fire crackers where making a lot of noise. The January 15, 1994…

    • Stop the Insanity 

      We are asking Jehovah's Witnesses and concerned family members to send the following letter to their Jehovah's Witness friends, family and congregation…

    • Watchtower Approves HemoPure 

      Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-compon…

  • Category: Science 
    • Albumin - Watchtower Quotes 

      Albumin Protein What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature on the subject of albumin. Watchtower writers and representatives…

    • Blood Serum - Watchtower Quotes 

      Blood Serum Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen…

    • Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Outrageous Omission – Blood 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Science and Medicine - Watchtower Quotes 

      What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help researchers understand the mindset that existed within the…

    • Straight from the Doctor 

      Dr. John Doyle, M.D answers questions Jehovah's Witnesses want to ask. QUESTION: These blood components allowed by the WTS, aren't really blood, are…

    • Watchtower Approves HemoPure 

      Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-compon…

    • Watchtower Position Crumbles  

      For those who have spent some time studying the Watchtower Society's (WTS) position on the use of blood, one of the most troubling aspects is their allowance…

  • Category: Watchtower 
    • Albumin - Watchtower Quotes 

      Albumin Protein What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature on the subject of albumin. Watchtower writers and representatives…

    • Blood Serum - Watchtower Quotes 

      Blood Serum Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen…

    • Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Blood, Vaccines and Organ Transplants 

      What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help you understand the development of the blood doctrine, and…

    • Child Sacrifice and Jehovah's Witnesses 

      Dead JW Children Jehovah's Witness parents and their minor children are under tremendous pressure to support the Watchtower Society's irrational policies…

    • H.L.C. Elders Speak Out 

      A Group of Hospital Liaison Committee (HLC) Members Speak Out HLCs are sat up in most parts of the earth by the Watchtower Society (hereafter WTS) to assist…

    • Jan. 27, 1997 Letter to Dan Sydlik 

      The following letter was sent to a member of the governing body in 1997 prior to the publishing of any information by AJWRB in the hope that it could be…

    • 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…

    • March 15, 1998 Letter to Governing Body 

      The following letter was mailed to the Governing Body on March 15, 1998. They never responded. ASSOCIATED JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES FOR REFORM ON BLOOD P.O.…

    • Media Guide 

      The information below is taken directly from the written instructions provided to Hospital Liaison Committee members who take Seminar II, as provided by the…

    • Outrageous Omission – Blood 

      The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down…

    • Questions for Those who Believe in the Watchtower Blood Policy 

      One of the most effective ways we have found in assisting other Witnesses to analyze the WTS blood doctrine is through the use of questions. The following…

    • Science and Medicine - Watchtower Quotes 

      What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help researchers understand the mindset that existed within the…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Watchtower Position Crumbles  

      For those who have spent some time studying the Watchtower Society's (WTS) position on the use of blood, one of the most troubling aspects is their allowance…

    • Watchtower Sacrificial Lambs 

      Why Are These Kids Dead? Adrian Yeattes Age 15 Lisa Kosack Age 12 Wyndham Cook Age 15 Lenea Martinez Age 12 Dan Christian Anderson Age…