Freedom of Faith and Conscience

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Freedom of Faith and Conscience

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 you’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. It’s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but it’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 commited 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. We’ve compiled a great amount 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.

Latest Information

New Federal Rule Protects Conscience and Opens the Door to Pro-Life Family Planning Programs

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | July 05, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Jonathan Imbody shares about a new proposed federal rule that, if finalized after a public comment period ending July 31, will allow pro-life medical professionals and programs to finally take advantage of family planning grants opportunities.

Intolerance of Conscience Threatens Diversity in Medicine

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | June 11, 2018

In his continuing series on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody discusses how sometimes we need our physicians, who often are among the few people with whom we can share personal information under the protection of privacy, to inform and even challenge our health choices.

Praying with Patients

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath explores what a variety of secular physicians have to say about praying with patients in the exam room. It’s a topic that is vastly important to Christian healthcare professionals. Not surprisingly, there was a wide range of options among secular physicians.

Abortion and Sex Issues Incite Opposition to Conscience Freedom Rule

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | May 02, 2018

In a continuing series of blogs on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody shares the discrimination stories of two nurses who faced losing their jobs for refusing to participate in abortions.

Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | April 05, 2018

In a continuing series of blogs on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody continues the discussion on the importance of the new division created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address conscience and religious freedom in healthcare.

Three California Bills Needing Attention

The Point Blog | By Andrè Van Mol, MD | March 20, 2018

There are three bills pending in the California Assembly that beg your attention and action. They clearly seem intended to stand as national models. Dr. Andre Van Mol provides a brief on these bills, followed by talking points regarding their problems and where to lodge your protests.

Christian Doctor's Digest - March 2018

Christian Doctor's Digest | March 07, 2018

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens’ focus is on the new Health and Human Services Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom. He interviews Roger Severino, the Director for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Sara Hellwege, who filed a federal lawsuit in 2014 on the basis of discrimination due to her religious and moral convictions. Plus, check out an excerpt from this year’s devotional speaker at the 2018 CMDA National Convention.

New HHS division, conscience freedom laws and policies protect patients and physicians

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | March 01, 2018

In the sixth of a series of blogs on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody continues the discussion on the importance of the new division created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address conscience and religious freedom in healthcare.

Rights of Conscience, Moral Complicity and Free Speech

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Robert Cranston joins the ongoing conversation about healthcare right of conscience and how it impacts an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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