Head of Christian Doctors Group Quits AMA Over Pro-Abortion Advocacy

Bioethics
I received an announcement this morning from my dear friend, David Stevens, MD, announcing something that is coming as a surprise to many -- his resignation from the AMA. Resignations from the AMA are not really the fodder for news stories or blogs, except when the person resigning is the CEO of a national organization for Christian physicians and healthcare professionals. Dr. Stevens heads the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association, and is contending the AMA has become a pro-abortion advocacy group. Stevens told LifeNews.com on Tuesday that he is canceling his membership in the American Medical Association as a way of publicly protesting what he says is the AMA’s control by special interests that do not represent most physicians. The AMA has come under fire for endorsing healthcare overhaul legislation after…
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If religious faith is important to you, how should you talk to your doctor about your beliefs in God?

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A recent study found that many Americans believe in divine intervention in a medical crisis. Other research shows that religious faith is important to a majority of Americans. So, if religious faith is important to you, is it okay to ask for a doctor with similar convictions? Or, if you believe in miracles, should you make sure your health providers know it? My Take? (more…)
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California Supreme Court Tramples Doctors’ Religious Beliefs

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Woman's Health
USA Today is reporting that California's high court on Monday barred doctors from withholding ethically questionable medical procedures to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession. The ruling was unanimous, a contrast to the state Supreme Court's 4-3 schism in May legalizing gay marriage. My Take? (more…)
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HHS Secretary, Christian Doctors Speak Out on Conscience Rights

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
For years the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) has been advocating in Washington, DC for the conscience rights of its members and all healthcare professionals, encouraging legal protections and education and reform in the medical profession. The issue took center stage recently when the New York Times published an article based on a leaked copy of draft regulations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on conscience rights in healthcare. The revelation of draft regulations to protect conscience rights set off an avalanche of protests from abortion advocates, many of whom have asserted that healthcare professional literally should choose another career if unwilling to participate in abortions. Opponents of the regulations wrongly asserted that HHS was trying to stop abortions and limit contraceptive use—very difficult charges to make stick, since the regulations…
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Doctors and Families Asked to “Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!”

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that a pro-life group, Children of God for Life, is calling on the Medical Profession to "just say no" to the newly US licensed aborted fetal vaccine, Pentacel, made by Sanofi Pasteur. On June 26th the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the vaccine be added to the immunization schedule for children, despite the fact that moral alternatives have been used in the US for years. My Take? (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #13: Vaccinations are made from aborted babies

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
This is the end of my 13-week series on Vaccine Myths. I hope the series has been helpful to you. Today, I'd like to address the fact that some people have questioned whether the use of fetal cells in the production of vaccines is moral and ethical. This question is timely due to a news story just out: Doctors and Families Asked to "Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!" (more…)
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Could your Obstetrician-Gynecologist be decertified for being pro-life?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
The Christian Medical Association (disclaimer: I am a lifetime member of the CMA) has been leading the way in the national fight to protect the right of prolife physicians (and healthcare professionals) to choose to not perform or refer for abortions and other morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions. But, according to the CMA, recent events may lead to ob-gyns possibly losing their board certification simply for refusing to refer a woman to an abortionist. Here’s an article by by friend, Jon Imbody, that explains this unimaginable possibility: (more…)
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More Medical Schools Teaching Spirituality in Medicine

General Health
A story in AMA News tells how more medical schools are teaching spirituality to medical students. Here are some very appropriate comments on this news, as well as the topic of spirituality in medicine, by my good friend, Al Weir, MD: Patients want and need spiritual support in their illnesses, and doctors should be providing that support as a part of competent, whole person medicine. We should be teaching this to our students in our medical and dental schools. This is all good science. (more…)
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