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Position Statements

Position Statements

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Position Statements

Membership Donate Now Position Statements Ethics statements deal with ethical issues. They are drafted by the Ethics Committee of the Board and the final version has to be approved first by the Board of Trustees and then by the House of Representatives representing the CMDA membership. These statements can be based on biblical, scientific, moral…

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A Second Drug Wave is Coming: Marijuana

By James Avery, MD / January 10, 2019 /

The first drug wave was the opioid epidemic. In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses (67,000) than during the entirety of the Vietnam War (58,200).1 The second and more insidious wave is comingā€”itā€™s the marijuana wave.

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Nationalized Healthcare: Prescription or Problem- A Debate

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / September 1, 2009 /

We asked two Christian physicians to share their divergent perspectives on nationalized healthcare. References for Dr. Emilā€™s answers are first in the endnote section, in Arabic numerals; Dr. Van Molā€™s notes follow, in Roman numerals. Reader response is welcome.

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ETHICAL VACCINES: Ready for a shot in the arm?

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

With millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses already plunged into American arms and hundreds of million more doses on the way, can healthcare professionals confidently receive the vaccines themselves and also recommend them for patients?

While responses to this question often involve important emotional factors that need to be addressed, this article focuses on three rational considerations: safety, efficacy and ethics.

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Student Life Featured

Student Life

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Student Life

CMDA Student Life is a network of campus chapters helping students live out the character of Christ on their campuses. We now have more than 300 campus ministries, representing 90 percent of the nation’s medical and dental schools. We are here to help you THRIVE with a purpose during your healthcare training.

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Eagerly approaching the end of her Certified Nurse Midwife education, CMDA member Sara Hellwege decided to seek a position where she could minister to medically underserved patients without compromising her life-affirming convictions.

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Praying With Our Patients

Praying With Our Patients

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

We had completed a full workup for chronic pain for Susan, a patient of mine, and I could not find a physical or emotional etiology. Though she initially resisted discussing her social and spiritual health, she eventually became willing to talk after I questioned her again.

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Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 9, 2019 /

It is tempting to think sexual harassment is a problem that happens to other people in other places. Sadly, that is not the case. According to Medscapeā€™s 2018 survey of 6,200 physicians, 7 percent of physicians have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the last three years.

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At the Heart of the Crisis: Personal Reflections on COVID-19

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

It is no exaggeration for me to say CMDA has had an influential impact on my adult spiritual life. Since 1999, I have been active with CMDA in one way or another. In 2017, my work with the New York City chapter was significantly increasing, and I found myself more interested in ministry activities than even my own private practice in surgery. After a couple years of praying and planning, I officially began my full-time ministry as the NYC Area Director on March 1, 2020. There was no way humanly possible we could have foreseen what would occur in NYC that same month.

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Cloning Name Games

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 1, 2002 /

Proponents of therapeutic cloning seek to clone human embryos, but donā€™t want them implanted into women. Instead, they want to use them to produce stem cells that might some day be developed into therapies. These stem cells and resulting tissues would be immunologically compatible with the person from whom they were cloned, thereby overcoming the risk of rejection that plagues tissue transplantation from other people.

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When Do You Become You?

By Gene Rudd, MD / September 1, 2002 /

The debate over the status of pre-born humans has become clouded due to the redefinition of certain terms over the past few decades. Biological advances, including the destruction of embryos to obtain embryonic stem cells have also heightened the ethical dilemma. However, human life remains worthy of protection from the moment of its individual uniquenessā€”fertilization.

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From My Viewpoint: Healthcare Reform

From My Viewpoint: Healthcare Reform

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 12, 2012 /

For months, it seemed like the country was holding its breath. With baited breath, some waited in anticipation and others waited in dread. Experts and analysts outlined countless ā€œwhat ifā€ scenarios, examining and scrutinizing various sides of the argument.

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Negative Health Consequences of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / July 27, 2011 /

The health effects of same-sex sexual behavior are many. The public, government, and judiciary are being lead to believe that same-sex sexuality is a normal variant with interactions and results equivalent to heterosexual sexuality. However, this position runs contrary to professional literature and the track record of history.

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CMDA Statement on Medical Marijuana

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

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has developed this policy on ā€œmedical marijuanaā€ with both an inherent belief that the Bible is the Word of God–that it speaks into our time and culture and that God gave us his creation to use to its fullest potentialā€”and with the incorporation of scientific evidence which provides a window into the truths about Godā€™s creation.

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Vaccination information and Recommendations

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

The safety and advisability of vaccinating our children has become a hot topic, and one of great importance. This handout was prepared to present reliable information, answer questions, provide encouragement, and perhaps spark more Christian enthusiasm for medical science drawn from history.

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Pornography and Interactive Sexual Devices

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

Pornography is any medium that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to entice sexual imagination. Pornography has no beneficial use but damages human relationships. Mass communication technologies such as the Internet have expanded its reach to an unprecedented degree. Video and virtual reality have intensified its content. The introduction of sex robots that imitate human speech and sexual behaviors and are designed to perform sexual acts with humans are an extreme elaboration of pornography. All of these have dangerous psychological, social, and spiritual consequences.

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Terms & Conditions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Terms & Conditions

Membership Donate Now Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy Christian Medical & Dental Associations (ā€œCMDAā€Ā orĀ ā€œWeā€) respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit CMDAā€™s online properties, including websites, social…

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Gene Editing of Human Beings

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Gene Editing of Human Beings

In this article from the summer 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. David Prentice discusses how genetic engineering has the potential for great benefit and great harm.

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The Robot Will See You Now: Can Medical Technology Be Professional?

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / September 1, 2016 /

Article published in Vol. 32.3 Fall 2016 Ethics and Medicine by William Cheshire, JR, MD about the problems with the term “provider” instead of “professionals.”

As innovative technology replaces more and more of what physicians do, the question arises whether there is any limit to the potential medical capabilities of technology at the bedside. Drug-dispensing kiosks, robotic surgery, computerized sedation devices, and other novel medical technologies bring practical advantages while also raising philosophical questions about the nature of the relationship between the patient and technology that serves as a proxy for the healthcare professional.

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Spectators or Saints – Which Will We Be?

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 1, 2007 /

Human trafficking today is a 44 billion dollar a year industry. With over 28 million humans in slavery worldwide, it is likely that Christian doctors will encounter one or more victims in their practice. We can make a difference, if we care and dare.

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GHO – FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 29, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – FAQs

Membership Donate About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP TRIP COSTS What kinds of things do my Global Health Outreach trip fees cover? Trip costs are in three main categories. Airline travel to…

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HHS Protects Conscience Freedoms

By Jonathan Imbody / September 18, 2019 /

Conscience-guided healthcare professionals and students received a healthy dose of positive federal policy advances in the last few months. CMDA played a role advocating on behalf of our members in each of the following federal policy reforms that relate to conscience freedom, gender issues and abortion.

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

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

What do you do when a patient asks for prayer but you’re too busy to take the time? In today’s world of healthcare, where efficiency is the driver, how do you take the time to include your faith in your practice? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Walt Larimore explains how you can offer both efficient care and spiritual care in your practice.

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Seeking Justice for Modern Day Slaves

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / September 1, 2009 /

When Jill was 14, she was forced to run away from home to escape repeated physical and sexual abuse. She ended up in the home of Bruce who found her alone at a local mall and promised her a job in his home ā€œbusiness.ā€

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Our Calling in the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Reverend Stephen Ko, MD, MA, MPH, MDiv / June 1, 2020 /

Few of us trained to treat sick communities and continents. Unfortunately, that is our task during a pandemic. The origin of the word comes from the Greek pandemos, where pan means everyone and demos means population. Pandemics confront us with not just one sick individual but with hundreds of thousands of ill patients. The responsible pathogen overwhelms both individual immune systems and community healthcare systems. The toll is individual and collective.

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The Stem Cell Revolution

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 1, 2001 /

“Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into a variety of tissues. This means, through careful engineering, stem cells could be used to repair a damaged brain or heart, rebuild a knee, restore injured nervous system connections, treat diabetes and much more. That’s the potential power of stem cells, and the reason the University of Minnesota is investing greatly in its Stem Cell Institute – the first of its kind. The Institute today will change medicine as we know it tomorrow.”

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Has God Indeed Said…? A Biblical Perspective on Sexuality, Part 1

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

We are created as sexual beings, so sexuality rightly holds more than a passing interest to us. Likewise, sex sells, but the products offered are often flawed. Confusion lurks for our young people ā€” older ones too ā€” when encouragement for the loosening of sexual standards comes, as it sometimes does, from religious quarters. How should we respond?

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

By Walt Larimore, MD / September 6, 2017 /

It was bound to happen. And it did, on a Thursday morning. But let me give you some background first. My best friend and practice partner, John Hartman, MD, and I were seeing patients in our family medicine practice from, as they say, conception to cremation. We had been working to introduce a variety of simple spiritual interventions that allowed us to practice not just as healthcare professionals who were Christians, but as Christians who happened to be healthcare professionals.

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Dermatology Section

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Dermatology Section

The Dermatology Section of the Christian Medical Association strives to enable Christian dermatologists to work together for deeper mutual support and understanding.

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Care, Not Killing: The Most Excellent Way

By Margaret Cottle, MD, CCFP / July 18, 2015 /

Calling me over to her bed in the ICU, she fumbled to grasp the lapels of my white coat. With surprising strength she drew me close to her face and said vehemently, ā€œI donā€™t care what my doctor says, or what my family says, I just want to be kept comfortable until such time as I am no longer alive.ā€

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This Is Your Brain on Generosity

By Jill Foley Turner / June 1, 2020 /

Itā€™s what researchers call a ā€œcross-cultural universal.ā€ That means no matter where you live, what your income, age, your culture or even your politics, generous people are, in general, healthier and happier. The mechanisms for it are built into our brains!

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Gifts and Miracles: My Unexpected Journey into Addiction Medicine

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

When I entered my family medicine residency, I had a cohort of marijuana-smoking pregnant women to care for. They drove me crazy. Many nights I would come home to my wife and tell her, ā€œIf I ever really hate myself, I will figure out a way to treat adolescent, obstetric addiction.ā€

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A Fragile Gift

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 1, 2015 /

Two years into their marriage, CMDA member Dr. Adam Lewis and his wife, Kim, decided it was time to have children. Their high hopes soon descended into desperation, an experience shared by over two million couples in America who face the challenges of infertility.

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Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Would you prefer to endure a medical malpractice lawsuit, or would you rather be terminated from your employment? Is there much difference in your emotional rollercoaster ride with either option? Would you want somebody who has ridden that rollercoaster before to assure you that the hellish ride will eventually finish?

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019ā€”The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org) the nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, today released findings of a national survey showing that conscience-protecting laws and regulations help protect patient access to healthcare while addressing rampant discrimination against faith-based health professionals.

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The Pursuit of Truthā€”Not Politicsā€”Should Guide Research

By Jonathan Imbody / November 5, 2018 /

The contentious confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh mirrored a less outwardly raucous, though equally intense, conflict in the scientific and research community. Our country, our culture and the scientific community appear at a crossroads. We are determining the extent to which objectivity, evidence and reasonā€”as opposed to bias, ideology and emotionā€”will shape our conclusions and our policies.

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Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Resources

Membership Donate Now HELPLINE 1-888-230-2637 HOME BLOG TRAINING EVENTS RESOURCES FAQs DONATE PAY FEE RESOURCES Videos Dr. Steve Sartori speaking at the Christian Community Health Fellowship National Conference about the importance of trust in building a team. Podcasts CMDA-Matters Podcasts Dr. Steve Sartori and Dr. Ann Tsen talk about coaching in an interview from the…

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Advertisements

Christian Medical & Dental Associations has two ways to advertise with us, our quarterly journal Today’s Christian Doctor and on our website.

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Christian Surgeons Fellowship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Christian Surgeons Fellowship

Starting out as a small group of Christ-following academic surgeons over twenty years ago, the Christian Surgeons Fellowship has grown steadily over the years and has held annual meetings since 1995.

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Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019–The Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based professional medical organization, responded today to their victory in federal court for the conscience rights of medical professionals. The case, Franciscan Alliance v. Azar, sought relief from a 2016 federal regulation that threatened to drive religious doctors out of practice if they would not perform gender-transition procedures that violate their medical judgment and beliefs. Today’s ruling struck down the rule.

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Shaping Your Worldview

By John Stonestreet / April 12, 2013 /

Four years ago, the inauguration of the first African-American president in United States history closed with a benediction from Pastor Rick Warren. Warren, author of the bestselling Purpose Driven Life, might be the most well-known evangelical pastor in America. Among the things well known about Warren at the time of his inaugural invitation was his stance on the definition of marriage.

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Battling the Opioid Epidemic

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Battling the Opioid Epidemic

In this article published in the spring 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor,Ā Dr. Stephen Manchester outlines how you can integrate spiritual care into opioid treatment in your practice. Plus, for the first time in the magazine’s history, you can earn continuing education credit with this article.Ā 

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Am I Too Old to Practice?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Am I Too Old to Practice?

In the cover story from the summer 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Al Weir discusses an important question for all healthcare professionals: when is the right time to retire from practicing?

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Human Trafficking: What Can I Do About It?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 25, 2015 /

Do you want to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, but simply don’t know where to start? In this article published in the fall 2015 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Drs. Allen Pelletier, Clydette Powell and Gloria Halverson outline easy steps for you take to help spread awareness and join the battle to end human trafficking.

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How Big Are Your Rocks?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on How Big Are Your Rocks?

Did you have a sling shot when you were a kid? I did, and I used to pick up rocks and pebbles from our driveway to use as ammunition when I plinked tree trunks, scared birds away from eating our garden and knocked cans off a stone wall.

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To go or not to go, that is the question

By Richard Johnson, MD / February 28, 2019 /

I am sure you, like me, have faced this question on countless occasions. In our busy professional lives, we are constantly being reminded of annual society meetings. We joined them for professional enrichment and acknowledgement of credentials. Possibly our paper is accepted to be part of the program. And yes, we do get some CME credits and a chance to socialize with colleagues. But do we go or not? Life is so, so busy, and the kidsā€™ school and athletic events are right at the same time. Iā€™d have to get someone to cover my practice and my church commitments. I think I am spinning too many plates!

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Oppose Prohibited Business Bylaw- Unlawful, Dangerous, and Unnecessary

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / June 15, 2020 /

Voices-of-change.org, ChangedMovement.com, exodusglobalalliance.org/firstpersonc7.php, SexChangeRegret.com are among groups providing testimonials of people who have changed undesired sexual attraction or gender incongruence through professional counseling.

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GHO – Application Information

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 9, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – Application Information

Membership Donate About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP BEFORE YOU APPLY To apply for a trip with Global Health Outreach, simply find the trip you are interested in and fill out the…

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Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Physician-Assisted Suicide

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Weā€™ve compiled a great amount of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue.

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FCO Mission Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 9, 2018 / Comments Off on FCO Mission Opportunities

Being a member of CMDA has lots of great benefits, but the greatest benefit of all is helping to further His kingdom as we change hearts in healthcare. If you aren’t a member of CMDA, we would love to have you join us!

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Media

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Media Resources are freely provided to members and non-members alike.

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Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Abortion

The latest up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of abortion.

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Q&A with David Barbe, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Q&A with David Barbe, MD

In this article from the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, CMDA has an exclusive interview with David Barbe, MD, the President of the American Medical Association.

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Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 1, 2016 /

Filed February 2016
Question Presented:

Whether the Petitioner-Pharmacistsā€™ belief that it is immoral to participate in the taking of human life is informed by the objective medical science establishing:

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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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Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

In this article from the spring 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Bryant Stoudt shares seven ideas that you can use to apply what you learned on a mission trip in your busy, everyday life.

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CMDA Wins Temporary Injunction in Texas Transgender Mandate Lawsuit

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 4, 2017 /

Moments ago, a Texas court protected the rights of families and their doctors to make medical decisions for their child free from government bureaucrats’ interference.

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Human Trafficking: The Slavery of the 21st Century

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 1, 2006 /

The 2005 US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders every year. This number is dwarfed by the several million that are estimated to be trafficked within their home countries.

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I Got My Joy Backā€¦Now What? A Deeper Understanding of Joy Through a Trip to Israel

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 8, 2020 /

In the fall 2017 edition of Todayā€™s Christian Doctor, I wrote an article about burnout stealing joy in my personal and professional life. I am thankful the Lord brought me out of that low place. He has continued to work on helping me understand what I initially wrote:

ā€œJoy is not a feeling of happiness; it is a daily commitment. According to Psalm 51:12, joy stems from understanding our worth in Christ and what we receive through His salvation. Joy starts with having the humility of a child that Jesus talks about in Matthew 18:4. Joy continues through an obedient life and trials that lead to perseverance according to James 1:2-3.ā€

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Human Trafficking and The Morning After Pill: Do They Go Together?

By Janie Christine Ogle, DO / September 18, 2019 /

What choice will you make when you come to a fork in the road? Will you choose to stand up for what you believe, or will you stand by and conform to the world around you? When I was a medical student, I pondered when the time would come where I had to make that decision and if I would remain faithful to my belief.

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When ā€œCureā€ Doesnā€™t Come: Finding Deeper Healing

By Joni Eareckson Tada / September 18, 2019 /

I know what it is like when the ā€œcureā€ doesnā€™t come. At the age of 17, I made a careless dive into shallow water and broke my neck between the fourth and fifth cervical level. For years I prayed fervently to regain the use of my hands and legs, but that healing never came.

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American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 21, 2019 /

Your assistance is critically needed on two items at the American Medical Association meeting. One, the AMA will vote at its June 8-12 annual meeting in Chicago on assisted suicide, specifically to affirm the slightly revised Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) report. Two, New Mexico has submitted Resolution 020 (A-19) for Engaged Neutrality as it refers to the Physician-Assisted Suicide position statement in an effort to speak against the CEJA report.

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Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

Washington, DCā€”May 26, 2020 – Christian Medical Association physicians (CMA*, www.cmda.org) received support from states, Members of Congress, minority groups, medical affiliate organizations, and legal experts who recently filed legal briefs in a case regarding a federal conscience protection rule for health professionals.

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Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

The 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today hailed as a “signal of new hope for persons of faith enduring persecution and oppression” the presidential appointment of Samuel Brownback of Kansas to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State. Mr. Brownback has been Governor of Kansas since 2011.

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Plaintiff Christian Medical Association Welcomes Intent of New HHS Rule to Restore Intent of Congress on Sex Discrimination

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Plaintiff Christian Medical Association Welcomes Intent of New HHS Rule to Restore Intent of Congress on Sex Discrimination

Washington, DC, May 24, 2019–The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org and www.Freedom2Care.org) today welcomed as “a move toward restoring rationality regarding sex discrimination in healthcare” a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that aims to restore the intent of Congress regarding sex discrimination in healthcare.

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Dental Association

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Dental Association

CMDA’s Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

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CMA Doctors Laud Administration’s Common Sense Approach to Contraceptives and the First Amendment

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 1, 2017 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Laud Administration’s Common Sense Approach to Contraceptives and the First Amendment

The nation’s largest faith-based association of doctors, the Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org), today urged the Trump administration to follow through on a promised common sense contraceptives policy, outlined in a document leaked yesterday, that accommodates First Amendment freedom of religious exercise. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would implement the new policy under the leadership of Sec. Tom Price, a physician who as a Member of Congress promoted legislation to advance religious freedom.

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Remember to Remember: The Modern Implications of Abortion

By John Patrick, MD / March 1, 2012 /

Remember to remember is a recurrent divine command. God wants us to remember the past in order to celebrate the good and learn to avoid evil. Equally recurrently, the children of Israel forgot to remember and the consequences were usually severe, including exile and slavery.

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ā€œAm I My Brotherā€™s Keeper?ā€

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 27, 2018 / Comments Off on ā€œAm I My Brotherā€™s Keeper?ā€

ā€œCan I ethically immunize my kids with a vaccine that has been produced using cells from an aborted baby?ā€ The caller asking the question seemed to be sincere. During Stand to Reasonā€™s call-in podcast, the questions vary widelyā€”the nature of God, evangelism, ethicsā€”and host Greg Koukl does a great job thinking on his feet and applying a biblical worldview.

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Sexual Orientation Change Efforts in the Ideological Lions’ Den

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / March 1, 2013 /

In September 2012, California became the first U.S. state to ban therapeutic sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE) involving minors. ā€œ[SOCE] . . . has resulted in much harm, including a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth committing suicide.

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Imagine

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / August 23, 2018 /

In 1971, John Lennon published a song by the title ā€œImagine.ā€ In a slow, dreamy cadence, the Beatles musician invites the listener to, ā€œImagine thereā€™s no heaven; itā€™s easy if you try; no hell below us; above us only sky.ā€ He continues, ā€œImagine thereā€™s no countries; it isnā€™t hard to do; nothing to kill or die for; and no religion, too. Imagine all the people, living life in peace.ā€

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The Lure of Money

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / April 22, 2020 /

Most people can do one or two of these things, but very few people can do more than that. I have always found this idea intriguing as my family and I considered how to budget the money we have been given. But it leaves out something very important we can do with our extra money, doesnā€™t it? We can give it away.

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Camaraderie in Faith: How CMDA’s Psychiatry Section Found Strength in Numbers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Camaraderie in Faith: How CMDA’s Psychiatry Section Found Strength in Numbers

In this article published in the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Aaron Burch takes a look back at the foundation of CMDA’s Psychiatry Section and a look ahead to its future.

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Post-Roe v. Wade: Overt War on Conscience Rages

By Jonathan Imbody / April 1, 2012 /

As Roberta Flack softly coos her 1973 Grammy-winning song in the background, the 2011 TV commercial slowly unveils a stunning, color image of a developing, gently moving baby in utero. The babyā€™s tiny arm curls upward, framing her glorious face.

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Religious Freedom in Healthcare: Navigating the New Era

By Jonathan Imbody / June 1, 2011 /

The U.S. Supreme Courtā€™s decision to negate the votes of millions of citizens and unilaterally mandate same-sex marriage nationwide threatens to undermine centuries of First Amendment protections, including conscience freedoms for faith-based healthcare professionals.

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Dentally Impacting the World for Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 7, 2020 /

Over the last two years, CMDAā€™s dental outreach has developed into a two-pronged approach, ministering to traditional private dental professionals and also those seeking to serve the underserved, both domestically and internationally. Vice President for Dental Ministries Dr. William ā€œGriffā€ Griffin focuses primarily on engaging with our dental members, while Vice President for Dental Education Dr. Jeff Amstutz is developing general practice dental residency programs to equip dentists in ministering to the poor in the name of Jesus. Both aspects of CMDAā€™s Dental Ministries have been made possible by the generosity of the late Dr. Pete Dawson, who we seek to honor in this article, as we trace the Lordā€™s guiding hand over the last decade.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

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

It has been said that the best way to learn about our future is to look to our past. A historical reflection on the actions of those who have gone before us can both guide us toward monumental successes and deter us from repeating colossal mistakes. A glance to history may reveal progressive social and technological advancements, yet it also affirms that the basic principles of a manā€™s heart remain unchanged. As Proverbs reminds us, ā€œThere is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to deathā€ (Proverbs 14:12).

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Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Care [Part 1] – The Basics

By Walt Larimore, MD / March 1, 2015 /

About 25 years ago, while sharing an early morning cup of coffee with my dear friend and practice partner, family physician John Hartman, MD, he asked, ā€œWalt, how come we donā€™t bring our faith to work with us more often?ā€

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What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

Changing Hearts about Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Richard Johnson, MD / June 1, 2010 /

Dr. Richard Johnson shares his experiences providing testimony in New Hampshire to stop the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in this article from the summer 2010 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / October 28, 2018 /

Californiaā€™s AB2119 should not be law. Signing the bill is a triumph of ideology posing as science. Human beings should be affirmed, not false identities and sexual confusion.

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What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / June 1, 2011 /

This article from Dr. Robert Orr published in the summer 2011 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor focuses on the arguments against legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. It also includes a special tear-out section to help you in protecting life.

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Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / September 28, 2010 /

Excerpted from “Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking — on Facebook,” Fox News. September 28, 2010–The worldā€™s largest pro-pedophilia advocacy group uses Facebook to connect with its members throughout the world; to find and exchange photos of children; to hone its members’ predatory behavior; and to identify, target and reel in child victims, an investigation by FoxNews.com reveals.

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Racism

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Racism

The Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Transgender and Sexual Orientation

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Transgender and Sexual Orientation

Latest information on the transgender movement. The transgender debate is becoming an all-encompassing topic in the United States and has begun an all-out assault on the Christian worldview. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture is moving with such intensity and speed that Christians and Christian healthcare professionals are getting overwhelmed knowing how to respond appropriately.

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Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

Being a member of CMDA has lots of great benefits, but the greatest benefit of all is helping to further His kingdom as we change hearts in healthcare. If you aren’t a member of CMDA, we would love to have you join us!

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Newsroom

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Newsroom

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First Things: Scripture Before Phone

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / October 6, 2019 /

ā€œOnce we know who we are in God, we can turn to the world to offer love. But when we donā€™t, we will turn to the world looking for love. And that order makes all the difference.ā€ ā€” Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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Right of Conscience | Freedom of Faith & Conscience | Religious Freedom

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Right of Conscience | Freedom of Faith & Conscience | Religious Freedom

As a Christian healthcare professional, have your colleagues ever looked down at you for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill? Or have you ever been punished for maintaining your religious beliefs instead of believing in evolution? Or have you ever been harassed by an attending trying to force you to perform an abortion?

If youā€™ve experienced any type of hostility or discrimination like this, then you know how important it is for healthcare workers to protect their right of conscience. Right of conscience is defined as the right to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions.

Healthcare professionals are being pressured and discriminated against by employers and colleagues because of their deeply held religious or moral beliefs. Almost one in four faith-based professionals state that they have been discriminated against by employers, educators or others in the healthcare system. Nearly two out of five have been pressured to violate their beliefs by referring, writing a prescription or doing a procedure.

Abolishing the right of conscience is dangerous. Itā€™s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but itā€™s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and every patient. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 faith-based doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurses, 95 percent of them said they would quit medicine before violating their conscience.

CMDA is committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight to protect the rights of medical professionals. Weā€™ve compiled a great number of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important it is to maintain the right of conscience.

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Dental Association Bloggers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Dental Association Bloggers

CMDA’s Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

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Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

Washington, DCā€”June 3, 2020ā€”The nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, the Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today expressed appreciation for the Administrationā€™s June 2 international religious freedom executive order that includes funding for international programs “intended to anticipate, prevent, and respond to attacks against individuals and groups on the basis of their religion.”

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Christian Medical Association objects to HHS rule requiring abortion referrals, violating conscience laws

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association objects to HHS rule requiring abortion referrals, violating conscience laws

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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CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

Bristol, TNā€”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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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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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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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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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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Professionalism in Healthcare: Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

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

Sexual conduct between a doctor and a patientā€¦is strictly forbidden. In ethical terms, itā€™s a never event. In a legal sense, it can be a crime. Physicians know itā€™s a line that canā€™t be crossedā€”itā€™s a prohibition as old as the Hippocratic Oath.ā€

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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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