This past week, Éloïse Dupuis gave birth at a hospital in Quebec. The baby is healthy. Dupuis, however, is dead.
That’s apparently because she’s a Jehovah’s Witness, and when she had a hemorrhage during the procedure, she refused a blood transfusion that could have saved her life.
There’s some debate over the details here — whether she actually refused the blood or if her family refused it on her behalf — but the end result is the same. She’s not around anymore.
And that just hammers home how awful this irrational belief really is. A newborn baby will grow up without a mother because she (or her family) thought that dying from a preventable problem was what Jehovah wanted.
This was optional. The tragedy was preventable. But the God Virus took hold of these people and common sense lost.