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.
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 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.
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.
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.
In the fifth of a series of blogs on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody discusses 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.
Christian Medical Association physicians laud new federal conscience rule as protecting patient access to healthcare
News Release | January 19, 2018
Today the Christian Medical Association the nation's largest faith-based association of physicians and other health professionals, said a new proposed rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) will help protect patient access to healthcare.
News Release | January 18, 2018
Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) applauds the decision today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. Restoring federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom is crucial for the 19,000+ members of CMDA.
In the fourth of a series of blogs on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody discusses how changes to World Medical Association’s Declaration of Geneva is being used by right of conscience limiters to assert "patient's well-being" to leverage their agenda.
Letters | 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).
Letters | December 11, 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.