JW – refusal of blood transfusion – mother and baby die

Women's Royal Hospital, Sydney

A 28-year-old woman and her unborn child have died because of the woman’s decision to not accept a lifesaving blood transfusion.

Doctors at the Royal Hospital for Women and Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, Sydney, Australia, have described the “harrowing” effect on hospital staff of two otherwise avoidable deaths.

The woman, a Jehovah’s Witness, was seven months pregnant when it was discovered she had leukaemia.

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JW college runner comes “out” on Facebook

David Gilbert

Social media is providing a new type of freedom for many people as they access and share information. This past Saturday, a lifelong Jehovah’s Witness chose this medium to not only come “out” to his family and community, but to the world.

David Gilbert, a distance runner for Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, shared his letter to the world on Facebook.

 writing for Outsports.com, has detailed the remarkably honest letter.

David told the journal that proclaims to be “the galactic leader in gay sports,” “that he knows that by sharing his story and his feelings that he will connect with other young athletes and help them through their struggles.”

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Five Jehovah’s Witnesses deported from Bali

Police deport five JW's

Five men, all Jehovah’s Witnesses, have been deported by police and immigration officials for “proselytising” their beliefs on the island of Bali.

Two men from the U.S.A, two from Australia and a Frenchman were said to be working (either paid or unpaid, without a permit.) They were deemed to be violating national laws that forbid religious conversion and working while in possession of a tourist visa.

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Oregon – Plaintiffs want child molestation case heard by federal court

Velicia Alston

Lawyers representing the Watchtower Society, want a child molestation case filed in Oregon in December 2014, to be heard in federal court. It is unclear why, but it may be so that the statute of limitations can be used in an attempt to block abuse survivors being heard.

On March 25, 2015, the organization filed a “notice of removal” in Multnomah County Circuit Court to have the case processed in federal district court, where it is presently pending.

On Monday April 6, 2015, the plaintiff’s legal team plan to file a request to remand the case back to state court.

Kristian Roggendorf of Roggendorf Law in Lake Oswego is serving as local counsel alongside the Zalkin Law Firm. They are representing the plaintiffs Velicia Alston and an unnamed man who is using the pseudonym “John Roe.”

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