Rachel Underhill claims that seven years ago she was forced to refuse a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion whilst undergoing a caesarian section during the birth of her twin daughters. Rachel, of Telscombe Cliffs, East Sussex, says the decision was taken for her by the dictates of the Jehovah's Witness hospital liaison committee.
Four years later Rachel was able to find a way out of the religion by faking an affair with an old friend, and she has been in the news this week after launching a support group for people wishing to leave the Jehovah's Witnesses - ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Reunited.
Her story provides an insight into the potentially damaging effects of a religion which encourages its adherents to forego the lifesaving benefits of modern medicine, while her support group is reminiscent of the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain, which was recently established to assist those wishing to renounce Islam.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
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