Canada: Coroner Confirms Two JW Women Refused Blood During Childbirth

CBC News, a TV and radio news outlet in Montreal, Quebec, Canada reported on November 14, 2017, that a coroner’s report confirmed that two Jehovah’s Witness women died in 2016 and within a week of each other due to childbirth complications. Both had refused blood transfusions in accordance with their religious teachings.

Mirlande Cadet and Éloïse Dupuis died from complications related to blood loss after giving birth. Both women were Jehovah’s Witnesses – members of a religion that forbids blood transfusions. 

The article describes the circumstances around the deaths of the two women – one just 26 years old and the other in her mid-40s. The coroner was quoted as describing the situation as being “untenable” for the doctors and nurses who were doing everything they could to save the lives of the women and their unborn babies. The article also quotes Dr. Luc Malouin as he illustrates the dilemma that medical staff members find themselves in when the patients or their families essentially choose probable death over highly effective treatment and probable survival.

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Miss Dupuis steadfastly stuck to her decision to reject any blood transfusion therapy – in spite of the dangerous situation she and her unborn baby were facing.

“The report outlines at least 10 times where Dupuis, her parents or her partner, acting on her wishes, refused blood transfusions, including once when she told doctors at Hôtel-Dieu she would rather die than receive a blood transfusion.

“Dupuis went into labour Oct. 5 and made her way to the birthing centre. Upon her arrival, she once again stated that she did not want to receive any blood transfusions or blood products on account of her faith.”

Ms. Cadet’s parents managed to convince her husband to approve blood transfusion. Unfortunately, it seems that his decision came too late to save her, but their baby boy was born successfully. Ms. Cadet died several hours after the birth due to respiratory failure.

Current Canadian and Quebec laws protect the patients’ rights to reject certain treatment, even in lifesaving situations as long as the patient “is of sound mind and well informed.” 

From our perspective, Jehovah’s Witnesses have not been “well informed” by Watchtower leaders and local Kingdom Hall elders. They want Watchtower believers and followers to live by poorly inspired ancient religious rules that were possibly appropriate to those times and circumstances thousands of years ago. But this is a new age of advanced science and medicine. The benefits of hospitals and medical science were unknown and inconceivable in the days of Moses and Aaron. It would be ironic and disastrous if somehow the Watchtower’s leaders discover – many years later, after thousands of innocent believers have died needlessly – that Jehovah God actually inspired the doctors and medical scientists of the 20th Century to understand blood therapy as His “special blessing upon mankind” – a blessing that could [and would] save thousands of lives.


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Sharon Christensen

Sharon Christensen

Soooo sad…little babies, never to know Mom…who loved them as no one else ever will be able to. Heart breaking…May those 7 men in the Governing Body…pat themselves on the back…may they smile from ear to ear…and sign autographs for childern…may one day they have to explain to these two little ones why Mom had to unnecessarily die because they, the Gb of Jw.orgy chose to place themselves in the position of god…and say…You sisters MUST listen to US…or God/we will disfellowship you and your family will have to shun you…while your childern will be forced to do the same to you, while they stay in our orgy and go door to door with pedophiles we hide within the orgy…because we are stubborn and continue to enforce old manmade laws from many moons ago, that Yeshua done away with. Where is your love? You evil bunch of cowards…disgusting…Be proud of your wicked and heartless ways…go ahead…one day someone will call your acts of injustice to mind…one day you will answer for all the hurt and sorrow you have placed on people.



I was baptized pregnant with my second child. I live in a affluent part of Northern California. Many of the sisters never had to punch a clock and work for a living. Many came from witness families where they lived rent free pioneering until they were married. I had to work and so I was the talk of the sisters. I was an oddity. Anyway, I had an OB/GYN from hell who didn’t have childcare and she literally pulled my placenta out of my uterus Because she was in a hurry to get home. She walked out of my hospital room and I could The blood pouring out of me. When nurses came into my room they were shocked that nobody assisted her. One person from the kingdom hall came to visit me. Anyway, I was very weak for at least six months after my daughter was born and literally seven days after I gave birth I had elders wives stopping by my house to get something to drink and use the bathroom while they were out of service because they were pioneering when I needed someone to bring me a drink. They were more interested when I was going to come back to church because I missed a week of meetings. I told them what had happened to me and I didn’t care. They didn’t listen to me when I said, I am weak and I don’t feel safe driving. They didn’t care because the Elders wives are in a bubble. Hey If it did not happen to them I certainly didn’t matter.

Sharon Christensen

Sharon Christensen

Lagioiella…I feel for you…I know what you are talking about…hope you are in a better place in your life now…When I went into hospital to have my daughter…I asked the nurse to hang a sign on my door…NO Jehovahs Wts! I did not need false…”comforters” like Job had….Seems like you had some of those visit you…those kind a person can live without.