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  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Welcome to AJWRB 

    From its beginning in 1998, AJWRB (Advocates for Jehovah's Witness Reform on Blood) has served as a resource for those who pay the heaviest price for the…

  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions 

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Resources 

  • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Contact AJWRB 

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 Blood Propaganda 

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…


Articles

  • Category: Uncategorized 
    • Watchtower's 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 Policy on Vaccination 

      Most Jehovah’s Witnesses will be completely unaware of the Watchtower Society’s (WTS) once firm position against the “crime” of vaccination. During the…

    • Plasma Paradox 

      Largely as a result of the work of AJWRB and its supporters, it has become fairly well-known that the Watchtower permits the use of all plasma derivatives.…

    • Watchtower Policy on 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…

  • Category: Science 
    • Watchtower's 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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 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 
    • Watchtower's 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 "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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: Watchtower 
    • Do JWs Really Abstain From Blood? 

      Many Jehovah's Witnesses sincerely believe that it is a gross sin to accept a blood transfusion, since the Bible states that we must "abstain from blood."…

    • Watchtower's 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 "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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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.…

    • 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…

    • 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 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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 
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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 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…

    • 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…

    • 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,…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: History 
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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.…

    • 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…

    • 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,…

    • 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…

    • 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 
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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 
    • Watchtower's 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 "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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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: Reform 
    • Watchtower's 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…

    • 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.…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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.…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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: 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 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 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…