But the real buzz on Prince is that his much reported hip problems of the past have now turned into need for a double hip replacement. Unfortunately, thanks to his practice as a Jehovah’s Witness, Prince still refuses surgery. JW’s don’t believe in blood transfusions. “He’s in a lot of pain,” said a source who was backstage with him last night at the Apollo. “He’s popping pain killers and hoping it will all go away.” But it won’t. Back in 2005 reports surfaced that Prince needed one hip replaced. He declined. Then again in 2007 and 2008 came more reports that he’d finally agreed to “secret surgery.”
There’s another, related article called Jehovah’s Witness Prince needs hip replacements but won’t get one if you’re interested.
New research to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has found that women who are Jehovah’s witnesses face a significantly increased risk of death during childbirth. The study found that women in this group are six times more likely to die, and three times more likely to have morbidity (serious complications), than average (compared to the general Dutch population). This increase includes a 130 fold increased risk of death from major obstetric haemorrhage.
Interesting. My wife has two brothers, and one is blind and retarded due to complications at birth. They’ve always suspected the hospital covered something up. I can’t help but wonder if there was any connection to the problems mentioned in this article.
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a Manitoba law that denied an ill teenager the right to refuse a blood transfusion, even though she said it violated her religious beliefs as a devout Jehovah’s Witness. By a 6-1 margin, the court concluded that the legal tenet of the “best interests of the child” must be the overriding principle in deciding whether mature children under 16 have the right to make their own medical decisions.
For those who may not know it, it seems that Witnesses refusing blood transfusions has been big news up in Canada for a while.
I was tempted not to give a link to any Michael Jackson articles since the only relevance to this site is that he’s (presumably) a former Witness. But this one does go into some issues about his past as a Witness.
This one is just cute. If you’re into kids being cute, click on the link.
The following is an article by WPTV (May 30, 2009) outlining the Watchtower’s “The End is Near” campaign. Seemingly capitalizing on the current state of the world’s economy, the 2009 convention series looks like it’s targeting folks who are finding themselves down and out, hopeless and in dispair. With all due respect, I can’t help but read this and feel like the Witnesses are upping their quota of “crazy talk”. I’m not one to poke fun at the witnesses and in truth I feel compassion and pity for the spokesperson quoted in this article.
ASBEST, Russia—Mrs. Aleksandr Mastyugina, a pregnant woman who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, suffered a miscarriage after police illegally raided a religious meeting that she attended on May 24, 2009. A 15-year-old boy is also being illegally detained without his parents’ consent.
STRASBOURG — With today’s notification, the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture has recognized the religious community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Austria. It is now the 14th religious community in Austria that enjoys the status of a public law corporation.
And you thought the Society was broke. Guess again.