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

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Modern medical advances save countless lives. But for all their merits, sophisticated technologies have created a daunting new challenge, namely a blurring of the expanse between life and death. The dying process is often hidden behind a complex web of medical terminology, statistics, and ethical decisions, making it difficult for patients and loved ones to know how to approach the end of life in a dignity-affirming, God-honoring, faith-filled way.

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On this DVD, Dr. David Stevens addresses the potential and problems of embryonic and adult stem cell research. With medically reliable, biblically sound advice, “The Truth About Stem Cells” is a great tool for educating your church, civic organization and the community. Now available with 5- and 52-minute increments. By, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)

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“Can I ethically immunize my kids with a vaccine that has been produced using cells from an aborted baby?” The caller asking the question seemed to be sincere. During Stand to Reason’s call-in podcast, the questions vary widely—the nature of God, evangelism, ethics—and host Greg Koukl does a great job thinking on his feet and applying a biblical worldview.

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Doctor in handcuffs with stethoscope in hands

We are dedicated to serving as a Christian voice and a resource for our members on today’s bioethical issues. Have you encountered a difficult patient care decision at your hospital? Do you have a question about how to maintain Hippocratic traditions within your work as a healthcare professional?

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Dr. Megan Best

What sort of contraception, if any, should I use? When does human life begin at fertilisation or at some point after that? What are the arguments for and against abortion? Is it OK to use genetic screening and other pre-natal tests to check for abnormalities in my unborn baby? Should Christians use IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies? What is the current state of embryonic stem cell research? These are just some of the many complex and emotion-laden questions we face in the rapidly changing field of reproductive medicine, and most Christians do so with two very significant handicaps: We don t have accurate up-to-date information about the medical and technological issues involved We have not thought through a sound, biblical framework for making ethical decisions in this area Dr Megan Best provides what is lacking in both of these vital areas. Built on extensive historical, biblical and medical research, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is the comprehensive, accurate, biblically-based ethical handbook that Christians have been waiting for.

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Faith Steps encourages and equips people of faith to boldly and respectfully engage our neighbors and our culture on controversial issues—not as political partisans but as wise and winsome ambassadors.

Marriage and sexual issues, freedom of faith and conscience, abortion, assisted suicide and human trafficking: The stands we take and the choices we make on such vital issues, as individuals and as a nation, matter now and for eternity. Whenever we adopt or reject God’s principles for living, we are taking momentous steps—faith steps—toward or away from God. Decisively rejecting the stifling notion that people of faith should remain mute on controversial social issues and shun the political arena, Faith Steps reveals the responsibility and opportunity for courageous and compassionate engagement with our neighbors and our culture. By, Johnathan Imbody

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Doing the Right Thing DVD (Set)

a joint project between the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and The Witherspoon Institute. Join hosts Brit Hume, Chuck Colson, Dr. Robert George and a distinguished panel as they undertake an exploration of ethics …

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Practice By The Book by Gene Rudd, MD and Al Weir, MD

Has the joy gone out of your practice of medicine or dentistry? Has your calling become just a job? Ever wonder if your practice is making an eternal difference? Do the pieces of your life still fit together? Are you neglecting important areas of your life?

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Just Add Water

Volume 1.1 – Marks of a Christian Doctor (Parts 1 & 2) featuring David Stevens
Volume 1.2 – Is There a Place for God in Modern Medicine? & Communicating Bad News featuring Al Weir
Volume 2.1 – The Four Levels of Happiness Hippocrates and Medicine in the Third Millennium featuring John Patrick
Volume 2.2 – The Myth of Moral Neutrality & Much More Than a Baby Dies in Abortion featuring John Patrick
Volume 2.3 – Why Ethics Courses Do Not Make Us Ethical Why There Are No Hittites on the Streets of New York
Volume 2.4 – Sermon on the Mount (Parts 1 & 2) featuring John Patrick
Volume 2.5 – Decision Making in Clinical Ethics Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ever Justified? featuring Robert Orr
Volume 2.6 – Science and the Sovereignty of God (Parts 1 & 2) featuring Richard Swenson
Volume 2.7 – The Faith Factor in Physical and Emotional Disease Should Clinicians Incorporate Positive Spirituality into Their Practices? featuring Walt Larimore
Volume 3.1 – Christian Apologetics for Health Professionals (Parts 1 & 2) featuring Robert Martin

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Dr. Orr is a family physician and clinical ethicist whose professional life consists mostly of consulting with other physicians, chaplains, social workers, and patients about end-of-life care. His knowledge and understanding of the sanctity of life makes him aware of the importance of following a “code of ethics.” Also includes “Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics.”

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“Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics” highlights the fact that modern healthcare involves many medical and ethical decisions for professionals, patients, and their families. Does being a Christian make a difference? Dr. Orr describes a four-quadrant method of reasoning, first introduced by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in “Clinical Ethics,” with application of biblical principles and doctrines included in the decision-making process. Sharing personal experiences, Dr. Orr cautions professionals in their assessment of a patient’s quality of life merely by looking at their physical situation. Session 2 – “Is There Ever Justification for Physician-Assisted Suicide?” Should it be legalized as it is in Oregon? Should we follow the Dutch in their legalizing of euthanasia? As you will learn from this lecture, Dr. Orr’s passion for following a “Code of Ethics” derives from his knowledge and understanding of the quality and sanctity of life.

Session 1 – 24 minutes,

Session 2 – 19 minutes.

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Fifth in a series of “instant meetings.” Session 1 Why Ethics Courses Do Not Make Us Ethical. In this post-modern trend in medicine, what we once called “medical ethics” is now “bioethics.” Could this change explain why ethics courses are so unsuccessful in medical universities today? The moral relativist and multi-culturalist ideas have forced ethics into a packaged deal that Dr. Patrick calls the “Georgetown Mantra: autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-malfeasance.” He brings to this presentation an intelligent, theoretical discussion on the “deeply covenanted” versus the “totalitarian” viewpoints on ethics and living within the framework of the law. Our self-understanding is at stake.

Session 2:
Why There Are No Hittites on the Streets of New York. When the Jews were an entire nation, the Hittites were a large empire. Civilizations come and go, but why do they not survive? Dr. Patrick teaches virtue is necessary in maintaining a flourishing culture and that we must be passionate about truth and goodness. While his lecture opens your eyes to the path of a decaying society, his conclusion will inspire you to get back to the dining room table where “real education” is taught. How we teach the children will determine their outcome and the survival of the society in which they live. Dr. Patrick clearly explains the reasons for the decay of the Hittites at the close of this lecture. Session 1 – 26 minutes; Session 2 – 32 minutes.

Each volume in the Just Add Water series includes advice from Dr. David Stevens on “How to Have a Meeting”.

Length is 10:12 minutes.

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Fourth in a series of “instant meetings.” “Teaching in modern secular state-funded universities should be from a morally neutral position.” This controversial statement from a faculty board provoked Dr. Patrick to leave his career as professor. He now travels the world speaking to Christian and secular groups on moral issues in medicine, culture, and the integration of faith and science. In this session, he shares from biblical stories, poems and essays why he believes secular teaching of moral neutrality is “a figment of the liberal imagination.” Are you intimidated by the politically correct liberal tolerance? Are you allowing it to get in your way of understanding faith? Dr. Patrick offers a “test system” that will help us decide the kind of people we are to be.

 

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Much More Than a Baby Dies In Abortion, states the fact that agreement about abortion is clearly impossible in our society, but asks if we still share a large degree of moral consensus. Dr. Patrick proposes the central question is not abortion, but how to decide if an action is medically ethical. Hear his views on the rationality of both sides of the issue and the consequences that have been incurred through the legalization of abortion. Does law without transcendent roots express power more than justice? Session 1 – 25 minutes; Session 2 – 29 minutes.

Each volume in the Just Add Water series includes advice from Dr. David Stevens on “How to Have a Meeting”.

Length is 10:12 minutes.

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Dr Megan Best

What sort of contraception, if any, should I use? When does human life begin—at fertilization or at some point after that? What are the arguments for and against abortion? Is it ok to use genetic screening and other prenatal tests to check for abnormalities in my unborn baby? Should Christians use IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies? What is the current state of embryonic stem cell research?

These are just some of the many complex and emotion-laden questions we face in the rapidly changing field of reproductive medicine, and most Christians do so with two very significant handicaps:

  • We don’t have accurate up-to-date information about the medical and technological issues involved.
  • We have not thought through a sound, biblical framework for making ethical decisions in this area.

Dr. Megan Best provides what is lacking in both of these vital areas. Built on extensive historical, biblical and medical research, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is the comprehensive, accurate, biblically-based ethical handbook Christians have been waiting to read. By, Megan Best, BMed (Hons), MAAE.

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Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor by Robert D Orr, MD, CM

Clinical ethics is a relatively new discipline within medicine, generated not so much by the “Can we?” questions of fact and prognosis that physicians usually address, but primarily by the more uncomfortable gray areas having to do with “Should we? questions. Should we use a feeding tube for Mom? How should we deal with our baby about to be born with life-threatening anomalies? Should our son be taken off dialysis, even though he’ll die without it? What should we do with our mentally ill sister, who has proven that she is untreatable? In this book, Orr draws on his extensive medical knowledge and experience to offer a wealth of guidance regarding real-life dilemmas in clinical ethics. Replete with instructive case studies, Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor is an invaluable resource that reintroduced the human element to a discussion so often detached from the very people it claims to be concerned about.

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Contraceptives

I have prescribed “the Pill” since 1978. My wife and I used the Pill for years, having no moral concerns about it. Then, in 1995 my friend and practice partner John Hartman, MD, showed me a patient information brochure–given to him by a friend–that claimed the Pill had a postfertilization effect causing “…the unrecognized loss of preborn children.” John asked me if I had ever heard of such a thing. I had not.

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The Infertility Companion by Sandra L. Glahn, ThM & William R. Cutrer, MD

Infertility changes everything, shattering dreams and breaking hearts. But hope is available—today more than ever. The Infertility Companion draws on the Bible and on current medical knowledge, including the latest research, to shed light on such questions as the following:

  • Can people of faith ethically use high-tech infertility treatments?
  • How do we make moral, biblical decisions about medical treatment, third-party reproduction, stem cell research, and embryo adoption?
  • Is God punishing me?
  • Does God even care?
  • Will adoption increase our chances of getting pregnant?
  • How can we reduce the stress of infertility on our marriage relationship?
  • How can we keep sex from becoming a chore?

These theologically trained authors have taught at a variety of conferences on infertility, pregnancy loss, and adoption, and they have helped thousands of couples face the future through their message of encouragement. The Infertility Companion includes discussion questions and a workbook suitable for individuals, couples, or small groups. Full of practical tips and true stories, this book will guide couples past the ethical pitfalls of assisted reproductive technologies as they travel the difficult road ahead. By, Sandra L. Glahn, ThM, and William R. Cutrer, MD.

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Medical Ethics by Robert D. Orr, M.D., C.M., & Fred Chay, DMin, PhD

You can survive and flourish spiritually during medical or dental training – BUT, you can’t do it alone. Medical and dental ethics are about “doing the right thing.” Sounds simple, but it’s not. Most medical and dental schools include the study of ethical issues in their curriculum because of the recognition that modern healthcare generates lots of “should we?” questions. However, the healing professions have become thoroughly secularized in the past few generations and students of all ages, in all of the healing professions, need a sound Christian foundational understanding of how to answer such questions. This book is written to help Christian medical and dental students as they begin to struggle with what is right and wrong in healthcare. By, Robert D. Orr, M.D., C.M., & Fred Chay, DMin, PhD.

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Should ethical considerations have a place in science and medicine? Should ethics reviews be a standard part of science proposal reviews? Some scientists have said one reason they don’t consult ethicists or think about the ethical implications of their research is because ethicists usually say “no” to new technologies or because ethics is arbitrary. But what they are really avoiding is the necessity of setting rational limits on science, thinking they can thereby avoid any limits on their work. Limits that protect all human beings—even nascent human life—are neither arbitrary nor irrational. Such limits offer essential protections against abuses that could actually tarnish the image and standing of science, and limits also provide us opportunities to appreciate our shared humanity. These limits are not barriers but rather channels to move the scientific endeavor onto more productive ground. Science and ethics are not diametrically opposed approaches. In fact, in most cases the two walk hand in hand, enjoying each other’s company and benefitting from the shared journey.

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Gene Editing to Make Better Human Beings? September 14, 2017

The story of the gene-edited babies birthed in China continues to reverberate around the world. To review, the Chinese scientist He Jiankui disclosed in late 2018 that he had used gene editing tools to create genetically-modified human embryos, and he then gestated the embryos to birth. He discussed his experiments on the twin girls at an international genetics meeting co-sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. While most of the scientific community condemned the experiments, some of the outrage seemed feigned. Nonetheless, in the months following his announcement, there were calls from leading scientists and ethicists for a global moratorium on human heritable genome editing and wide-ranging discussions on the ethics of manipulating the human genome. Over 60 global leaders wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, saying “We write as scientific, industry, and bioethics leaders who are committed to translating the promise of gene editing into medicines to help patients in need, to express our views strongly condemning the recent reports of the birth of CRISPR-edited infants in China and to urge you to take action.”

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Free trade between Canada and the United States has been a reality since the 1980s. Thaddeus Pope, on his Medical Futility Blog, recently posted a video that shows a Canadian female physician who obviously wishes to export a dangerous idea to her southern neighbor. Although Canada does not hold the corner on the market of assisted suicide or euthanasia, Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) in Canada is not an import we need in the United States.

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Yesterday I attended a seminar at our hospital entitled “Immigration Ethics.” I was hoping to be enlightened on this complicated topic. Unfortunately, the only messages I got were that immigrants are people, too, and we should be humane in dealing with them. I heartily agree with these two points, but the issue is complex and entails a number of points on which many people cannot agree. One major question in discussing this is whether we are referring to legally documented or undocumented immigrants. Most of us are grateful for the legal, highly skilled immigrant engineers, scientists and physicians who make our lives better in many ways.

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Medical breakthroughs are routinely touted in the media, whether they are actual breakthroughs or promising, potential information. Press outlets often make no distinction between real, evidence-based progress that can impact patients versus wished-for projections that can influence funding of projects. Rarely are the ethical choices noted regarding use, or development, of the research.

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Gene Editing to Make Better Human Beings? September 14, 2017

Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte is trained in pharmacy and biochemistry and is a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, in the Gene Expression Laboratories. He has been at the Salk Institute since 1993. He also held a position in Spain during 10 of those years. He helped found the Barcelona Regenerative Medicine Center (CMRB), a stem cell research institution, in 2004. He left the CMRB director’s post in 2014, citing lack of funding and support from the government. Of the center’s 21 projects, he took 18 with him, for they were his intellectual property.

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In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath shares about a recent talk she listened to on ethics and sexuality, as well as how that impacts her daily practice of healthcare.

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CDD STAT -- Physician-Assisted Suicide

Learn more about the dangers of legalizing physician-assisted suicide in this special issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest with Dr. David Stevens as he interviews Kara Tippets, a Colorado mother of four living with stage-four cancer who believes it is possible to die with dignity.

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