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The Point


Do you want to know the latest information and news about today's important healthcare topics? Join the conversation with The Point, CMDA's blog focusing on breaking news stories in bioethics and healthcare. CMDA's experts contribute to the blog and also recommend additional resources and information.

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Latest Posts

Council on Judicial and Ethical Affairs Report

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) | May 24, 2018

The much-anticipated CEJA report on physician-assisted suicide was finally issued this month. Many individuals and organizations submitted oral and written testimony to CEJA, including CMDA and our members. In this week’s blog post, Dr. David Stevens breaks down the committee’s results and how you can get involved moving forward.

Praying with Patients

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | May 16, 2018

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.

Aging, Stem Cells and Aging Stem Cells

By David Prentice, PhD | May 09, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Dr. David Prentice discusses how adult stem cells are the gold standard of stem cells for patients. However, adult stem cells also age throughout our life, and mutations and decreased growth or loss of our adult stem cells can contribute to disease and aging.

Abortion and Sex Issues Incite Opposition to Conscience Freedom Rule

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.

A Review of “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Professional Psychology, and the Law”

By Andrè Van Mol, MD | April 25, 2018

In an article released in the BYU Journal of Public Law, Dr. Christopher Rosik examines the history of sexual orientation change effort/therapy (SOCE) bans and what they reveal about the interplay of professional psychology, political advocacy and cultural change. In this blog post, Dr. Andre Van Mol reviews his findings and how these bans affect healthcare professionals.

Posthumously Conceived Children

By D. Joy Riley, MD, MA (Ethics) | April 18, 2018

Nicola Abé from Der Spiegel Online reports that about 50 children in Israel have been born from deceased persons through in vitro fertilization. While a child born posthumously is typically “defined as a child born more than nine months after a parent’s death,” the children Abé describes are born years after the death of one of their parents. In this week’s blog, Dr. Joy Riley discusses the ethical implications of this process.

How We Got Where We Are: Same-Sex Reproduction

There are many examples of issues that were once unthinkable slowly becoming somewhat accepted, then becoming ordinary and commonplace, and eventually, for many in society, becoming the new standard of normality. In this week’s blog post, Dr. Robert Cranston discusses one of these issues that uses human embryonic stem cells.

Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas

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.

Marriage as Ministry

By Amy Givler, MD | March 29, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Amy Givler explores the concept of allowing your marriage to be ministry, and also shares how CMDA’s Marriage Enrichment Weekends can greatly benefit all healthcare marriages.

Three California Bills Needing Attention

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.

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