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Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 13, 2016 /

SB1564 is on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, ask him to veto this bill which threatens healthcare access, drives compassionate healthcare professionals out of Illinois, will burden the already challenged state budget with civil rights litigation costs, cause damage to the doctor-patient relationship and threatens a protection guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Crisis in Nicaragua

By Patricia "Trish" Burgess, MD / April 22, 2020 /

It was one of those phone calls I dreaded receiving—a late night phone call from a team leader is usually not a good sign. That one phone call set off a chain of events that impacted our ministry in ways we could not have imagined.

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Alabama Amici Curiae Against Late Term Abortions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 6, 2019 /

The State’s interest in safeguarding maternal health is particularly compelling when abortions are contemplated or performed later in pregnancy. That interest is implicated in so-called “dismemberment” abortions, a procedure that can take place only after the first trimester when the unborn child has limbs and organs to dismember.

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Conscience Protection Act letter to Congress

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 12, 2016 /

Letter supporting legislation to protect healthcare right of conscience.

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Marriage Maintenance

By Patti Francis, MD / April 22, 2020 /

Our marriage has also been a journey. An adventurous one. When Ron and I first started out as a married couple, we were sure we were on the right path. Each of us thought we had the best possible traveling companion.

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FEMA Coalition Letter to President Trump

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 17, 2017 /

Coalition letter of religious and community leaders in support for S1823/H.R. 2405, the “Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017.” This legislation would ensure fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters.

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Disciple Making Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 10, 2019 /

We just need someone to help us find our way,” the patient’s wife pleaded as she sat at the head of the table in our procedure room nearly four years ago. She was facing away from the surgical field where I was working meticulously on her husband to suture the vas deferens together using microsurgery under the Zeiss surgical microscope hanging above the table.

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Remedy: Healing for the Nations

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Remedy: Healing for the Nations

In this article from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. David Stevens introduces Remedy, CMDA’s new medical missions conference.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2020 /

“Religious groups need not apply.” That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named “Human Rights Policy” since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

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Summary of Court Briefs and Cases

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 23, 2020 /

Current Summary of Court Cases

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Standing Against Persecution

By Amanda Lucashu, DO / March 1, 2013 /

My journey with medicine began when I was only eight years old. As I listened to a missionary speak about the need for the next generation to continue the work and become missionaries, I felt God impress upon me that He wanted me to become a missionary doctor to Mexico. From the beginning, missions and medicine were intrinsically linked for me. So when I started school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York in the fall of 2011, I knew that I wanted to be used by God even before I got to the “mission field,” but I had no idea how much of a mission field I was walking into.

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Cultivating Culture

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Cultivating Culture

Author Ben Palpant encourages you to view culture as a garden to cultivate in order to see true change in this article published in the spring 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 28, 2020 /

This case addresses the constitutionality of abortion facility safety regulations. It is essential, therefore, that this Court understand that abortion, as currently practiced in the United States (and other developed nations), is often the occasion of medical mishaps, even serious injuries and deaths.

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Two courageous Families Fight for Our Freedoms at Supreme Court

By Jonathan Imbody / April 8, 2014 /

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against women obtaining birth control of choice paid by their employers. This op-ed piece by CMA’s VP for Government Relations Jonathan Imbody was recently published by FoxNews.

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Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Dr. Rachel B. DiSanto shares how she learned how to stand up for Christian principles in the fight against physician-assisted suicide in this article published in the spring 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Membership Survey Results

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

Every five years, the CMDA Board of Trustees goes through a cycle of comprehensive strategic planning. This well-thought out process has guided and directed the organization throughout the last 25 years, as it focuses on better meeting the needs of our members and providing ministry to those we serve around the world.

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The Erosion of Tolerance

The Erosion of Tolerance

By John Patrick, MD / September 3, 2014 / Comments Off on The Erosion of Tolerance

Be encouraged to take a stand for Christian ethics in this article from Dr. John Patrick published in the fall 2014 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

By Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD / September 1, 2008 /

In this article from the fall 2008 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Dónal P. O’Mathúna offers answers to common questions patients have about the increasing alternative medical options available.

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VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

Throughout history, Christian academics were renowned for their scientific excellence. For a variety of reasons, “Christian” and “scientist” now seem like contradictory terms to many people.

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Johnson Amendment in the Final Tax Bill

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 14, 2017 /

A letter to congressional leaders from a coalition of organizations regarding the Johnson Amendment and the tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).

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Apologetics Series: Should Physicians Take Life?

By Robert Martin, MD / March 1, 2008 /

“No one should force their morals on anyone else. It’s my body. Euthanasia is the most merciful alternative. Legislating morality involves religion, a violation of the separation of church and state.”

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Preachers of Righteousness

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 1, 2008 /

I never planned to be a “preacher of righteousness,” as Peter described Noah in 2 Peter 2:5. It all started a few weeks after I became the CEO of CMDA in 1994. The most common comment from graduate members in those days was, “CMDA was great when I was in training, but what does it do for me now?”

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Bracing for Battle and Joining the Fray: State Legislative Campaigns Reach New Levels

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2013 /

An article in the summer 2013 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor that outlines CMDA’s efforts in state grassroots public policy campaigns.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

Washington, D.C.—May 2, 2019—The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association, the largest national association of faith-based doctors, lauded a conscience law-enforcing rule finalized today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a protection for both patients and doctors.

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Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

Washington, DC –June 5, 2019–The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today voiced strong support for the administration’s move to stop taxpayer funding of the use of fetal tissue, from elective abortions, for research purposes.

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Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

Washington, DC—March 6, 2019–The Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based medical association, today joined a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The brief defends Indiana’s statutory requirement that women receive the benefit of ultrasound information when considering an abortion procedure.

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Christian Medical Association Lauds New Title X Family Planning Rule

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Lauds New Title X Family Planning Rule

Washington, DC – February 22, 2019: The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) in a statement today enthusiastically welcomed a final new rule that will govern tax funds awarded for family planning purposes under the Title X program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Christian Medical Association on NY, VA Late-term Abortion Legislation: Medically and Morally Bankrupt

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association on NY, VA Late-term Abortion Legislation: Medically and Morally Bankrupt

The Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based association of doctors, today condemned New York’s new law allowing abortions up until delivery and Virginia’s similar legislation as “medically unnecessary” and “morally bankrupt.”

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations responds to its federal court victory in protecting conscience rights

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations responds to its federal court victory in protecting conscience rights

The 20,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today filed objections with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a proposed Title X family planning program rule that would “gut conscience protections,” according to CMA Senior Vice President for Bioethics and Public Policy Dr. Jeffrey Barrows.

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Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

Bristol, Tenn.—October 22, 2020—The nation’s largest faith-based medical organization, the 20,000-member Christian Medical Association* (CMA, www.cmda.org), today heralded the signing of a multilateral agreement on consensus global health issues, following a signing ceremony cohosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

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Healthcare for the Poor

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Healthcare for the Poor

CMDA collaborates with Christian Community Health Fellowship in providing healthcare for the poor in the United States. We initiated this strategic partnership to maximize our efforts by drawing from the strengths of each organization. For more than 30 years, CCHF has provided networking for students, medical professionals and people interested in Christian community development. The purpose of CCHF is to live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor. The organization was established to provide focus on the need and the “how to” in caring for the poor.

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Intolerance of Conscience Threatens Diversity in Medicine

By Jonathan Imbody / October 4, 2018 /

In his continuing series on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody shares about a recent conference he attended with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on religious freedom and how that impacts CMDA student chapters around the country.

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WPC – TRI

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 13, 2020 / Comments Off on WPC – TRI

Women Physicians in Christ is an outreach ministry to provide resources for Christian women physicians and dentists to integrate their personal, professional and spiritual lives.

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Augusta

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Augusta

CMDA Augusta provides a variety of programs, support, training, and ministry opportunities to Christian healthcare professionals in the Augusta, GA, and surrounding communities of the Central Savannah River Area.

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William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD, is professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic and an expert on disorders of the autonomic nervous system. At Mayo Clinic in Florida he chairs the Ethics Committee and leads the Program in Professionalism & Values. The neurology department chose him as teacher of the year in 2015. At CMDA Dr. Cheshire chairs the Ethics Committee.

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Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD, Author

Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Dónal P. O’Mathúna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, and Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. He is a member of CMA and the Paul Tournier Institute speaker’s bureau. He is the Chairperson of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St James’s Hospital Ethics Committee in Dublin.

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Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD

Ethical Issues in Healthcare | Nanotechnology bioethics (nanoethics) | Using the Bible in Bioethics | Complementary & Alternative Medicine

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Walt Heyer

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Walt Heyer was a husband, father and corporate executive who underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 42, going from man to woman.

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Summer Ministry Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Summer Ministry Opportunities

Membership Donate Now About Student Life Connect Grow Student Pulse Podcast Online Resource Portal Webinar Series The VIE Poster Session Doing the Right Thing Christian Friendly Residences Student & Resident Life Blog Student Life Apparel Lead Campus Leadership Training National Leadership Opportunities Regional Leadership Opportunities Leading Your Campus Chapter National Student Community Go Global Health…

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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition

By Judy Palpant / August 4, 2017 /

“Don’t go to Africa,” they said to us. “You’ll never see your husband. He’ll be consumed by constant medical needs.” “Your children will be at risk of getting malaria.” “Why go to Africa when problems are all around us here in the U.S.A.?”

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Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

Bristol, Tennessee, July 31, 2019 – Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has appointed Jamey Campbell as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the nation’s largest faith-based association of healthcare professionals headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee. Jamey has more than 25 years of experience in communications and development, serving for the last decade at CMDA as the Vice President for Stewardship Development.

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Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

Bristol, Tennessee — May 20, 2019 — Dr. T. Bob Davis, a dentist from Dallas, Texas and his wife, Janis, received the Christian Medical & Dental Associations 2020 Servant of Christ Award at their home with a group of CMDA members and leaders participating electronically.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

Bristol, Tennessee — May 4, 2020 — Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) today announced Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), as the Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for CMDA, the largest national association of faith-based healthcare professionals. Dr. Barrows, an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, speaker, educator, and medical ethicist has been a member of CMDA for 38 years.

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The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Opposes the American Nurses Association Proposed Position Statement: “The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 8, 2019 / Comments Off on The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Opposes the American Nurses Association Proposed Position Statement: “The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying”

April 8, 2019 – Bristol, Tennessee – A draft statement by the American Nurses Association regarding a nurse’s role when a patient requests physician-assisted suicide corrupts the role of a nurse. The nursing profession has a historical record of assisting patients with comfort, increasing and/or sustaining quality of life, seeing life’s intrinsic value and providing holistic family support, not aiding in the death of their patients.

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Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

Bristol, Tenn., March 3, 2020—This month, James Alan Avery, MD, a palliative care and hospice physician from Virginia, released a new book focused on discussing marijuana from an objective and scientific view.

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The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Responds to the Protect Life Rule

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 5, 2019 / Comments Off on The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Responds to the Protect Life Rule

April 4, 2019 – Bristol, Tennessee – We applaud the newly issued announcement of the reformed Title X rule released by the Department of Health & Human Services which expands care to patients by offering an increase in comprehensive care locations and services provided.

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CMDA Responds to D.C. City Council Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Prostitution

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 19, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Responds to D.C. City Council Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Prostitution

Washington, D.C., November 19, 2019- Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C. chapter of Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and CMDA’s Commission on Human Trafficking achieved victory in their response to the D.C. City Council’s proposed bill to decriminalize prostitution in the nation’s capital.

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Expanded Abortion Bills Are Ideologically and Money Driven

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Expanded Abortion Bills Are Ideologically and Money Driven

March 19, 2019–Bristol, TN–Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) calls on legislators across the U.S. to vote against the growing number of expanded abortion bills that have shocked our nation! Like New York’s Reproductive Health Act, the bills proposed in Vermont, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois and Virginia allow abortion without limits…

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CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 6, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

Christian doctors and nurses are on the frontlines serving people in need. Driven by our faith, we welcome and care for everyone, especially the underserved. We care for homeless and migrant communities, prisoners living with HIV, and victims of gang violence, sex trafficking, opioid addiction and deadly epidemics. But our service is threatened by lawsuits brought in New York, Washington and California, which challenge commonsense conscience protections for healthcare professionals of faith. Religious healthcare professionals of all religions must be free to continue providing compassionate care without being forced to perform procedures, such as abortions, that would require them to violate their most deeply held beliefs.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

Bristol, Tenn.—March 2, 2021— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement in support of vaccines and conscience protection.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

Bristol, Tenn.—December 2, 2020— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement showing physician support of ethical vaccines. CMDA joins in this statement with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

Washington, D.C. – July 25, 2019 – Today, a coalition of medical organizations released a public statement condemning recent statements on abortion and conscience protections made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic Association. The letter calls on this “Group of Six” to respect their position and represent all physician members in their public statements.

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CMDA Statement: Advance Directives

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Whereas modern medicine has made available technologies that can prolong life, medical science alone cannot answer questions of whether life-sustaining technologies should be used in particular circumstances or whether such technologies are consistent with patients’ goals of care, values, and beliefs about health, life, and death.

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Premature Termination of Life Is Not Palliative Care

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 23, 2015 /

Letter to the Editor of CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians) opposing physician-assisted suicide in response to article by Attorney Kathryn Tucker’s article pushing physicians to help patients die.

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Tennessee Amici Curiae Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 23, 2015 /

John Jay Hooker vs. the State – Brief to uphold the fundamental values of the State of Tennessee, the history and tradition of this State and Nation, and universal, enduring notions of human dignity and to reaffirm Tennessee citizens’ intereste in life, safety, sound public policy and medical integrity.

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The Mountaintop

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Burnout is the current buzzword in healthcare, the subject of endless articles and editorial commentaries. Fatigue, depersonalization and cynicism characterize this happiness-ruining and career-destroying disease, which has reached epidemic levels among healthcare professionals across the country.

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The Temptations: Addressing Same-Sex Attractions

By Christopher Yuan / April 22, 2020 /

Same-sex sexual expression is sinful, but what about same-sex attractions? As a new Christian, I had defined attraction to be equivalent to tempta¬tion. Therefore, I believed that all same-sex attractions were not sinful—because temptations were not sinful. However, I realized not everyone defined attraction the same.

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby(ies)!

By Jeffrey Keenan, MD / September 1, 2015 /

Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2015
After lots of prayer and planning, the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) opened its doors in 2003 with a vision to become a leader in embryo donation and embryo adoption. Now, just 12 years later, they are celebrating the momentous arrival of their 500th baby and the NEDC is the leading comprehensive non-profit embryo donation program in the U.S., with more pregnancies through embryo adoption than any other like-minded program.

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Engage Your Community through Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 27, 2018 /

Every year, thousands of physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other volunteers give up their precious time and money to serve the underserved in healthcare. Why would they become involved when they know there will be no monetary benefit and, frankly, many of those served are “unhygienic” and unappreciative of their efforts?

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Engage Your Government

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 1, 2016 /

By the time you read these words, America will have finally chosen a new president after seemingly endless years of primary races, campaigning, debates and grudge matches pitting candidate against candidate. Chances are, whether you voted for the eventual winner or not, you shoulder at least some measure of concern for the future of our country.

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Providing Healing After the Hurricane

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Providing Healing After the Hurricane

CMDA Member Dr. Cindy Anthis found herself facing an unexpected situation when her local community in Texas was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. In this article from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Anthis shares how her clinic responded to the hurricane and its aftermath.

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Peter E. Dawson, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

“I have been richly blessed by God, and I have a burning desire to do what I can to bring His message to anyone who will listen.” —Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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Living the Word

By Patricia "Trish" Burgess, MD / January 10, 2019 /

I’ve heard people say, “The Scripture jumped off the page at me.” Or I’ve heard them say, “I’ve read that before, but this time it just ‘spoke’ to me.” Indeed, I have had the same experience as well. God often speaks to us through a phase in life or a particular circumstance along with His Word. And then sometimes we see the Bible come to life right before our very eyes!

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Burnout at the Broom Tree

By Stan Haegert, MD, MPH / January 10, 2019 /

I had no idea what burnout was until it happened to me…twice…on two different continents. Actually, I knew what it was the second time, and I felt like I should have known better and seen it coming.

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Development: Genuine Change Through Partnership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Development: Genuine Change Through Partnership

What is the role of Christian healthcare professionals in authentic community development? Dr. Mark Crouch discovers this topic in the cover story from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Transformed Doctors: Shelby Montgomery

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Transformed Doctors: Shelby Montgomery

In this article from the Winter 2019 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, we feature Shelby Montgomery, a third year at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received my bachelor’s of science in kinesiology at LSU in Baton Rouge, spending her junior year of undergrad at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on the island of Oahu through National Student Exchange. After graduating from LSU, I worked for one year at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge as a research coordinator for the Heads Up project.

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Facing the Pit of Evil

Facing the Pit of Evil

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Facing the Pit of Evil

In this article from the Winter 2019 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) shares when we follow our human nature, we are tempted by a desire to bunker down and protect ourselves from evil. The Bible tells us to flee this temptation, but just as importantly, we should also fight evil.

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Legal Help

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Legal Help

Right of Conscience Resources

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Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath shares how Christians can find respite in community in this article published in the summer 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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The Reality of Today’s Long-Term Medical Missions

By Harold P. Adolph, MD, FACS / November 1, 2012 /

Perhaps our concept of a career missionary doctor’s family might sound similar to this . . . a poor missionary surgeon and his family give up a “good American doctor’s family life” to live in endless poverty. They suffer through a hand-to-mouth existence in an African country full of intrigue, Satan worship, witchcraft, fear, poisonings, arson, coups, Marxist takeovers, massive killings and persecution of Christians. Their children are forced to be homeschooled by their parents. They have jobs at the mission hospital from a very young age. Their future education and life is tenuous at best. They can’t possibly amount to anything and will probably die early of some terrible tropical disease that is yet to be unearthed.

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Side {by} Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

Side By Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Side By Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

After an interviewing trip in 1987, my husband announced he wanted to complete his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. To this day, I still remember hearing myself say, “That’s fine, honey. We could go there and have a ministry to internationals because many people from all parts of the world come there for training and then return to their homeland. It would be a great reverse mission field!”

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Featuring Drs. Joshua and Hannah Evans

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 /

: I became involved with CMDA during my second year of medical school. God was working in my life at that time through several events, and in CMDA I found a welcoming, loving, supporting group of friends who loved the Lord and encouraged me in my spiritual growth.

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Ministry Through End-Of-Life Care

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / June 1, 2000 /

A generation or two ago, when medicine was primarily low-tech, a majority of patients died quickly of acute illness, usually in their own homes, cared for by families, neighbors, and church friends. But things have changed. Now, 90 percent of North Americans die slowly from debilitating disease (organ failure, malignancy, dementia, etc.).

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The “H” in Hospice Stands for “Hope”

By James Avery, MD / December 5, 2018 /

When I asked him if there were any other hopes he had at this stage of his life, he just shrugged and said, “Nope, all my hopes are in you guys – the medical profession.” He died three weeks later tragically clinging to tomorrow’s news.

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Where Did My Joy Go…and How Do I Get It Back?

Where Did My Joy Go…and How Do I Get It Back?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 6, 2018 /

Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself, “What changed?” Did she make the wrong career choice? Does she care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Manor shares how she overcame burnout to find joy again in healthcare.

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A Biblical Perspective on End of Life Issues

By John Dunlop, MD / December 5, 2018 /

How should Christians come to the end of life? What is the appropriate use of technology to prolong life? How can we assure that when our time to die comes we will do it in answer to the call of God rather than because all of the technology of modern medicine has been exhausted?

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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

We are now offering continuing education credits through Today’s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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Christian Reflections on Dementia

By John Dunlop, MD / June 1, 2006 /

Betty had served God well for years as a missionary in Africa. She was a strong believer and had a passion for the glory of God. At 80 she began to lose things and had difficulty remembering recent events. By 83 she was no longer able to care for her invalid husband and was placed in a nursing home. For the last five years of her life she sat and babbled incoherently.

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The Two Diagnoses

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 6, 2018 /

There was a time, a few decades ago, when most everyone interested in bringing together healthcare and the Christian faith was familiar with Dr. Paul Tournier and his work. In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier’s message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to today’s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.

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Downcast: Suffering, Depression and the Goodness of God

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 1, 2020 /

The question of suffering is a big one in depression, since suffering can lead to depression, and depression itself is suffering. We are fortunate to live in a society that is largely insulated from suffering, compared to other places and times where people have had to grapple with the daily reality of illness, death, poverty or war. As a consequence, we are fearful of any kind of suffering.

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Montana vs. Baxter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 27, 2009 /

An amicus curiae brief filed regarding physician-assisted suicide.

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Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 18, 2019 /

I attended my first CMDA National Convention in April 2012 and heard devotional speaker Luis Palau make this statement: “Big doors open on small hinges.” He explained how seemingly small events in our lives may serve to open big doors that God intends for us to walk through in order to enjoy incredible blessings that follow. A small hinge in my life was a letter Dr. David Stevens wrote to me after I had served at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya in early 1988 for two months during my fourth year of medical school.

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I still remember the first time I donned a whitecoat (one of those half-length coats for students) with a stethoscope in my pocket and walked into a patient room at the big city hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1985. I was a second-year medical student at Indiana University, and I had just received instruction from my clinical instructor on how to perform a thorough history and physical. I don’t remember my first patient’s name, but she was a young woman with a loud systolic heart murmur even I could hear. I also remember three words that were to guide me through each step of a thorough physical exam: “Look, listen and feel.” A couple of years later, those three words became critical again as I took my first basic life support (BLS) course and became certified both in BLS and Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), prior to becoming a surgical resident. Again, the phrase, “Look, listen and feel,” was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

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Backward and Forward

Backward and Forward

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 18, 2019 /

Franklin Graham, my boss, and I had just finished a meeting in the early 1990s when I walked into my office at World Medical Missions and found a letter marked “Personal and Confidential” on my desk from the Christian Medical & Dental Society (CMDS, as the ministry was called at that time). As I opened it, little did I realize it was the first step in a journey that would result in me leading CMDA for 25 years.

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Celebrating a Legacy with David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), and Gene Rudd, MD

Celebrating a Legacy with David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), and Gene Rudd, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 18, 2019 /

At the 2019 CMDA National Convention, we were privileged to honor Dr. David Stevens and Dr. Gene Rudd for their legacy of faithful leadership. Dr. Stevens is stepping down as CEO of CMDA effective September 1, 2019, while Dr. Rudd moved from his Senior Vice President role to working part-time in 2017.

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The Point Washington Update – January 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 15, 2012 /

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this edition of The Point: Human trafficking, International health, and the Contraception mandate.

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CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

Bristol, TN—June 29, 2020–Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) decried a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law that required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. CMA had filed a brief in the case, June Medical Services v. Russo.

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Linking healthcare access to conscience freedoms, Christian Medical Association hails Presidential Executive Order

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Linking healthcare access to conscience freedoms, Christian Medical Association hails Presidential Executive Order

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017–Citing the link between patient access to healthcare and conscience freedom for health professionals, the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today expressed gratitude for President Trump’s executive order that begins to provide stronger protections against discrimination against individuals and organizations of faith.

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Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

Bristol, TN—June 26, 2020–The Tennessee-based, 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today applauded a Tennessee patient protection policy announced this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and developed collaboratively between HHS, the state of Tennessee and disability rights groups.

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Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

Bristol, Tenn., June 22, 2020 – Freedom of speech, or only freedom of speech when YouTube agrees with you? Today, Christian Medical & Dental Associations (www.cmda.org) sent a letter by fax and the U.S. Post Office to YouTube addressing a video they censored purportedly because it constituted “hate speech.” The video was a panel discussion that featured Walt Heyer, who formerly identified as transgender, who said, “This is a childhood development disorder,” in reference to gender dysphoria in children. He described the irreversible consequences of experimental hormones and surgeries for treating gender dysphoria in children.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

Washington, DC, June 12, 2020—The 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org) today expressed optimism that a just-finalized rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with gender issues will help protect medical judgment and the exercise of conscience in healthcare.

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In US Supreme Court brief, Christian Doctors Cite Conscience Conflicts Similar to Creative Artists

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 11, 2017 / Comments Off on In US Supreme Court brief, Christian Doctors Cite Conscience Conflicts Similar to Creative Artists

The nation’s largest faith-based professional association of health professionals, the Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), contends in a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court that its members’ conscience battles parallel those of creative artists sued for declining to participate in proceedings inconsistent with their conscience and convictions.

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Navigating transgender issues requires mutual respect and civility-not government mandates

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Navigating transgender issues requires mutual respect and civility-not government mandates

The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today issued a membership-approved statement calling for “Christian healthcare professionals to care for patients struggling with gender identity with sensitivity and compassion” while being “permitted to question transgender dogma-free from exclusion, oppression, or unjust discrimination.”

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CMA and Freedom2Care Applaud Administration’s Actions to Protect Conscience in Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 6, 2017 / Comments Off on CMA and Freedom2Care Applaud Administration’s Actions to Protect Conscience in Healthcare

Washington, DC—October 6, 2017 – Today the nation’s largest association of Christian health professionals, the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) applauded the administration’s actions to restore conscience freedoms in healthcare. The administration took action concerning the Obamacare contraceptives mandate, insurance premiums used to pay for abortions, and regarding government respect for religious freedom.

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California Judge Overturns Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 16, 2018 / Comments Off on California Judge Overturns Assisted Suicide

Bristol, TN–The nation’s largest faith-based organization, the 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org), today hailed a California judge’s ruling in its lawsuit against assisted suicide in California.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations recognizes one-year anniversary of Geneva Consensus Declaration, supports coalition’s continued growth

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations recognizes one-year anniversary of Geneva Consensus Declaration, supports coalition’s continued growth

Bristol, Tenn.—October 21, 2021— The nation’s largest faith-based medical organization, the 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org), today recognizes the one-year anniversary of the signing of a multilateral agreement on consensus global health issues and meeting women’s health needs, known as the Geneva Consensus Declaration.

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CMA Doctors Denounce Judge’s Injunction Against FDA Safety Precautions on Abortion Pill as a “Pyrrhic Victory” for Abortion Advocates

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 20, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Denounce Judge’s Injunction Against FDA Safety Precautions on Abortion Pill as a “Pyrrhic Victory” for Abortion Advocates

July 20, 2020—Bristol, Tenn.– Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) denounced an injunction issued by a federal district court judge that bars the FDA from enforcing health and safety precautions on a chemical abortion pill during the pandemic.

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Neurology Section

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Neurology Section

The Mission of the Neurology Section is to raise awareness among neurologists, neurology health professionals, neurology residents, fellows and medical students of the great need for neurological care—domestically and globally—and through their response to those needs, to share the gospel.

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Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human trafficking is most commonly defined as:

Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
A victim does not need to be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within these definitions.
There are several types of human trafficking including forced labor, sex trafficking, forced child labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, debt bondage among migrant laborers and child soldiers. Human trafficking occurs in every part of the world, from less developed countries to more developed countries. As such, it is a crime under U.S. and international law. Victims can be any age, any gender and from any economic standing in life.

CMDA offers continuing education for healthcare professionals to learn more about human trafficking and how to provide healthcare to victims. To get started, visit www.cmda.org/tip.

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