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Health Care Conscience Rights Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 18, 2015 /

Letter to Congress regarding HR 940, urgent need for the “Abortion Non-Discrimination” provisions of HR 940 insuring that government agencies receiving federal health funds cannot force those involved in the provision of heath care to be complicit in the taking of human life, or discriminate against them because of their convictions.

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Disciple Making Medicine

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

We just need someone to help us find our way,ā€ the patientā€™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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Coalition Letter on FADA Vote

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 26, 2015 /

We, the undersigned, representing hundreds of thousands of Americans, want to thank you for your commitment to securing religious freedom protections in the aftermath of the Supreme Courtā€™s Obergefell decision redefining marriage across the country.

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Joint Letter on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 18, 2015 /

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Medical Association, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Christian Legal Society, World Vision (US), Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, we respectfully submit the following comments on the proposed OCR regulations on nondiscrimination in health programs and activities.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

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

In the closing months of 1989, a brutal civil war erupted in Liberia and soon engulfed the small West African country. At the time, T. Abraham Browne was in high school, and the senseless killings forced him and his siblings to flee for their lives to escape the bloodshed. They reached a refugee camp where Abraham would spend the next 10 years.

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Coalition Letter: Values Provisions To Consider For The FY2017 Appropriations Bills

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 12, 2016 /

We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, strongly support the inclusion of new provisions, which promote values issues in the upcoming Appropriations bills for FY2017. While it is essential to protect provisions in current law that positively affect policy on matters of life, family, religious liberty, and other values issues, merely keeping the status quo is not sufficient in a culture, and under an Administration, that regularly attacks the values of the people we represent.

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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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Remedy: Healing for the Nations

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

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

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Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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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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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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Facing the Virus Overseas

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 21, 2021 /

When COVID-19 began sweeping around the globe in early 2020, career healthcare missionaries were faced with the option of staying in their countries of service to weather the storm or evacuating back to the United States before the borders closed. Without sufficient quantities of protective equipment for staff members, would rural mission hospitals be able to survive the pandemic? In countries where the medical infrastructure is limited at best, would there be enough resources? What about food and other supplies to help to meet the day-to-day needs if the airports closed?

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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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Cultivating Culture

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

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

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Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Seeing the Big Picture of Bioethics

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

I like history, and so I donā€™t like bioethics. Why? Because I consider it to be a deceptive word used to make people feel good when they should be afraid. And because it took medical ethics out of its privileged position of being solely concerned with the only creature made in the image of God and secularized it.

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Membership Survey Results

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Women in Medicine: Answering a Call from God

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / June 1, 2012 /

In 1975, the Christian Medical Society Journal published an article titled ā€œThe Physician and Her Husbandā€ by Merville O. Vincent. Many of us were just children pretending to play doctor during recess at school when this article was written.

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Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

By DĆ³nal P. O'MathĆŗna, PhD / September 1, 2008 /

In this article from the fall 2008 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. DĆ³nal P. Oā€™MathĆŗna offers answers to common questions patients have about the increasing alternative medical options available.

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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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VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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, ā€œChristianā€ and ā€œscientistā€ now seem like contradictory terms to many people.

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Johnson Amendment in the Final Tax Bill

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 /

ā€œNo one should force their morals on anyone else. Itā€™s my body. Euthanasia is the most merciful alternative. Legislating morality involves religion, a violation of the separation of church and state.ā€

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Preachers of Righteousness

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

I never planned to be a ā€œpreacher of righteousness,ā€ 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, ā€œCMDA was great when I was in training, but what does it do for me now?ā€

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Has God Indeed Said…? A Biblical Perspective on Sexuality, Part 2

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / December 1, 2011 /

Part 1 of the series dealt with pre-marital sex, the biblical model of sexuality, porneia, adultery and polygamy. As a correction to the section regarding porneia in Part 1, it should have stated that forbidding fornication ā€œ. . . came from the Tanakh (the Old Testament)ā€ rather than ā€œ. . .came from the Tanakh in the Old Testament.ā€

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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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Conscience Protection Act letter to Congress

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

Letter supporting legislation to protect healthcare right of conscience.

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FEMA Coalition Letter to President Trump

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Alabama Amici Curiae Against Late Term Abortions

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

The Stateā€™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 ā€œdismembermentā€ 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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Letter to Senators – Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 19, 2015 /

Coalition letter to Senators Enzi and Lee recognizing the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act.

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

Washington, D.C.ā€”May 2, 2019ā€”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 AssociationsĀ® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

Washington, DC ā€“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 AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

Washington, DCā€”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 AssociationsĀ® / 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 AssociationsĀ® / 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 AssociationsĀ® / 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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John Patrick, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on John Patrick, MD

Ethical Issues in Medicine and Culture | Integration of Faith and Science.

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DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

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

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Summer Ministry Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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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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Healthcare for the Poor

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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WPC – TRI

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 AssociationsĀ® / 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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Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

Women Physicians and Dentists 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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William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

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

DĆ³nal P. Oā€™MathĆŗna 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 speakerā€™s bureau. He is the Chairperson of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St Jamesā€™s Hospital Ethics Committee in Dublin.

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WPDC Virtual Conference Student Social

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 8, 2021 / Comments Off on WPDC Virtual Conference Student Social

October 2, 2021
Come join students from across the country as physicians and dentists share their wisdom from walking with Christ in their careers. Register here tinyurl.com/WPDCstudentsocial.

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

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

Bristol, Tenn.ā€”March 2, 2021ā€” The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nationā€™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 AssociationsĀ® / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

Bristol, Tenn.ā€”December 2, 2020ā€” The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nationā€™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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Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

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

Bristol, Tennessee, July 31, 2019 ā€“ Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has appointed Jamey Campbell as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the nationā€™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 AssociationsĀ® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

Bristol, Tennessee ā€” May 20, 2019 ā€” 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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Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

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

Washington, D.C. ā€“ July 25, 2019 ā€“ 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 ā€œGroup of Sixā€ to respect their position and represent all physician members in their public statements.

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

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

Bristol, Tennessee ā€” May 4, 2020 ā€” 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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Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

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

Bristol, Tenn., March 3, 2020ā€”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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Cheering Free Speech Supreme Court Decision, Christian Doctors Warn of Government Enforcement of Ideology

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Cheering Free Speech Supreme Court Decision, Christian Doctors Warn of Government Enforcement of Ideology

“The Court simply reaffirmed that the First Amendment’s protection of peaceful speech and assembly is a cornerstone of this nation,” explained CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens. “Hopefully such decisions will begin to address the alarming growth of coercive assaults on the free speech of anyone deemed not politically correct by the government.”

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 CMDAā€™s Commission on Human Trafficking achieved victory in their response to the D.C. City Councilā€™s proposed bill to decriminalize prostitution in the nationā€™s capital.

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CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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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 AssociationsĀ® / 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 ā€“ Bristol, Tennessee ā€“ A draft statement by the American Nurses Association regarding a nurseā€™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 lifeā€™s intrinsic value and providing holistic family support, not aiding in the death of their patients.

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

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

April 4, 2019 ā€“ Bristol, Tennessee ā€“ 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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Expanded Abortion Bills Are Ideologically and Money Driven

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 Yorkā€™s Reproductive Health Act, the bills proposed in Vermont, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois and Virginia allow abortion without limits…

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Engage Your Community through Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 ā€œunhygienicā€ and unappreciative of their efforts?

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The Mountaintop

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 temptaĀ¬tion. Therefore, I believed that all same-sex attractions were not sinfulā€”because temptations were not sinful. However, I realized not everyone defined attraction the same.

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Living the Word

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

Iā€™ve heard people say, ā€œThe Scripture jumped off the page at me.ā€ Or Iā€™ve heard them say, ā€œIā€™ve read that before, but this time it just ā€˜spokeā€™ to me.ā€ 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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Providing Healing After the Hurricane

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Anthis shares how her clinic responded to the hurricane and its aftermath.

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Faith Prescriptions: Just What the Doctor Ordered

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 8, 2021 /

Introducing a new video-based teaching program from CMDA to equip healthcare professionals to share the love of Christ with their patients and colleagues

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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 meā€¦twiceā€¦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 AssociationsĀ® / 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 ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor.

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The Dr. John Patrick Bioethics Column: How do we push back on the hubris of secularism?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 21, 2021 /

You have never seen and will never see a multi-cultural patient. Every patient inhabits a cultural story of meaning, even though they are often unaware of this fact. The blue-collar neighborhood where I grew up lived by Judeo-Christian ethics. Though almost no one went to church, they did send their children to Sunday school as a kind of visceral acknowledgement of needing something more. Many of you remember when a blue-collar argument on morals would end when someone said, ā€œThe Bible saysā€¦.ā€ That doesnā€™t happen anymore, and that is the triumph of secular power.

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

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

ā€œI 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.ā€ ā€”Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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Shelby Montgomery

Transformed Doctors: Shelby Montgomery

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

In this article from the Winter 2019 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, we feature Shelby Montgomery, a third year at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received my bachelorā€™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 ofĀ 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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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 doctorā€™s family might sound similar to this . . . a poor missionary surgeon and his family give up a ā€œgood American doctorā€™s family lifeā€ 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 canā€™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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Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Side {by} Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

Side By Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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, ā€œThatā€™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!ā€

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Legal Help

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

Right of Conscience Resources

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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, ā€œNope, all my hopes are in you guys ā€“ the medical profession.ā€ He died three weeks later tragically clinging to tomorrowā€™s news.

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Where Did My Joy Goā€¦and How Do I Get It Back?

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

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

Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself,Ā ā€œWhat changed?ā€ Did sheĀ make the wrong career choice? Does sheĀ care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition ofĀ 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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Racism in Healthcare: No One is Immune

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

ā€œCreate in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.ā€
ā€”Psalm 51:10, ESV

It must start with us.

Many things have been laid bare this year. In late 2019, a novel Coronavirus referred to as SARS-CoV-2 originating in Wuhan, Hubei, China spread to the United States becoming a global pandemic. By mid-July of this year, there were close to 13 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, with around six million active cases affecting more than 200 countries. In the United States, there have been more than three million COVID-19 cases (with more than one million recovered) and more than 500,000 deaths. We would soon learn that African Americansā€”who make up 13 percent of the U.S. populationā€”disproportionately comprise U.S. COVID-19 fatalities, with many having underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Income and wealth inequalities also tend to create greater disparities within communities of color, making access to adequate healthcare and healthy living an elusive and unaffordable necessity.

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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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 AssociationsĀ® / 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 ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier’sĀ message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to todayā€™s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.

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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

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

We are now offering continuing education credits through Todayā€™s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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Montana vs. Baxter

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

An amicus curiae brief filed regarding physician-assisted suicide.

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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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Premature Termination of Life Is Not Palliative Care

By AndrĆØ 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 Tuckerā€™s article pushing physicians to help patients die.

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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 donā€™t remember my first patientā€™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: ā€œLook, listen and feel.ā€ 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, ā€œLook, listen and feel,ā€ was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

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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: ā€œBig doors open on small hinges.ā€ 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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Tennessee Amici Curiae Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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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 ā€œPersonal and Confidentialā€ 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 AssociationsĀ® / 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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CMDA Statement: Advance Directives

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 patientsā€™ goals of care, values, and beliefs about health, life, and death.

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Engage Your Government

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Abortion and Sex Issues Incite Opposition to Conscience Freedom Rule

By Jonathan Imbody / May 2, 2018 /

his is the eighth in a series of on conscience in healthcare, by Jonathan Imbody, Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association and Director of Freedom2Care. To find more from the series, visit www.cmda.org/thepoint or freedom2care.blogspot.com.

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The Point Blog – April 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 11, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – April 2013

In this edition of The Point: Assisted suicide bill set aside, for now, Plan B One-Step without age restriction, and First state personhood amendment.

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Religious Freedom

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

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

Washington, DCā€”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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Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

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

Bristol, Tenn.ā€”October 22, 2020ā€”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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