CMA Statement on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision
June 30, 2014
Bala Cynwyd, Pa.—The Catholic Medical Association welcomes the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell et al. v. Hobby Lobby. Once again, the Supreme Court has curtailed the Obama administration’s abuse of executive power and unprecedented attacks on religious liberty.
CMA Remembers Past President
August 06, 2014
The CMA notes with sorrow the passing of Andrew J. Peters, M.D., 80, of University Park, Florida, who died peacefully in his home on Friday, July 18th, 2014. Dr. Peters was president of the CMA from 1986-1987, when he lived in Rockville Centre, New York. Please keep Dr. Peters and his family in your prayers.
Abortion Interrupted: CMA Member Reverses Abortion Drug After Mom Changes Mind
March 17, 2014
After a Colorado woman regretted her decision to undergo a chemical abortion, she desperately searched for a doctor who could reverse the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone. She found CMA member Edwin Anselmi, M.D., who quickly implemented a protocol developed by two other CMA members, George Delgado, M.D., and Mary Davenport, M.D.
To read more about Dr. Anselmi and additional inspiring details of the case, click this link.
Catholic panelists to examine Obamacare
February 25, 2014
by Julie Filby, Denver Catholic Register
- An upcoming panel discussion set for March 19 will bring together four prominent Catholics to analyze the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” through the eyes of the Church.
Click this link to read the full article on the Denver Catholic Register's website.
**Note: This panel discussion is being hosted by the Catholic Medical Association Denver Guild.
LA editorial wrong on birth control, Catholic women charge
February 06, 2014
by Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency
.- Women medical experts, theologians, and ethicists joined voices in rejecting a Los Angeles Times editorial by a prominent birth control advocate, who recently criticized Catholic morality and claimed that nuns should take birth control for their health.
Click this link to read the full article on the Catholic News Agency's website.
**Note: The article features comments by Dr. Rebecca Peck, M.D., a CMA member and a leading member of the Orlando Guild, which won the first annual Outstanding Guild Award in 2010.
Neither Snow nor Cold Stop the CMA from Marching
January 27, 2014
Despite a blizzard that barred many pro-lifers from attending, and wind chill temperatures below 0 degrees, CMA members gave witness at the 2014 March for Life.
CMA Critiques ACLU Lawsuit
December 05, 2013
Bala Cynwyd, PA— The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) issued the following statement in response to the most recent lawsuit filed against the USCCB by the ACLU:
The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on December 2, 2013, is a dangerous, distracting farce. While it is not possible for the CMA to comment on the details of the lawsuit or the medical case on which it is based, the ACLU’s animus to the Catholic Church and the U.S. bishops is well known . . .
CMA Stands with US Bishops Against HHS Mandate
November 18, 2013
Bala Cynwyd, PA—Board President John I. Lane, M.D., speaking on behalf of the members of the Catholic Medical Association, issued the following statement in response to the USCCB Special Message on the HHS mandate issued November 13, 2013:
The Catholic Medical Association strongly supports the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops Special Message on the HHS mandate. U.S. bishops have been outstanding advocates for religious freedom, not only for Catholics, but for all citizens. For this consistent and courageous witness, the bishops deserve both gratitude and support . . .
Medicine As If Catholicism Mattered
October 31, 2013
by Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing
I spent a couple of pleasant days last week at the annual conference of the Catholic Medical Association, which met this year in Santa Barbara, California. Not a bad venue – Catholic medical professionals aren’t dumb. But the real pleasure was to be part of a group of 500 people that included doctors, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, medical ethicists, and others passionately committed not only to the healing arts, but to the Catholic faith.
Click this link to read the full article on The Catholic Thing's website.
Statement on Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Decisions
June 26, 2013
Bala Cynwyd, PA— Board President John I. Lane, M.D., speaking on behalf of the members of the Catholic Medical Association, issued the following statement in light of the Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage issued today:
We are profoundly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decisions to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which served to support the institution of marriage in the provision of federal benefits, and to refuse to protect the rights of the citizens of California to defend authentic marriage through legal means . . .
CMA Issues White Paper on POLST
May 16, 2013
Bala Cynwyd, PA—The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) has published a White Paper on POLST in the May issue of the Linacre Quarterly, CMA’s journal of medical ethics, released this week. POLST (an acronym for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”) is a new kind of advanced medical decision-making document that is spreading rapidly across the United States as a result of an organized campaign.
CMA Posts Comments on HHS’s Latest Compromise
April 08, 2013
The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) submitted its formal comments on the latest proposal from the Obama administration to deal with issues of religious freedom as HHS, the IRS, and the Treasury prepare to enforce the mandate on employers and health insurers to provide abortifacient, contraceptive, and sterilization services to all women as a pre-paid entitlement.
Statement on Plan B Decision
April 05, 2013
On Friday, April 5, 2013, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make Plan B available to women and girls of all ages, over the counter and without restrictions. In response to this clear case of judicial overreach, the Catholic Medical Association released the following statement:
CMA at the March for Marriage
March 27, 2013
The CMA was present and noticed at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2013. Executive Director John F. Brehany marched alongside CMA members Agnes Bayer and Susan Beck, the husband of member Mary Andrews, M.D., and a couple of friends of the CMA.
CMA Episcopal Advisor interviewed on Bearing Witness
March 14, 2013
Most Rev. Robert F. Vasa, JCL, CMA's Episcopal Advisor, was interviewed by the Catholic World Report on his responsability to ensure authentic Catholic formation in schools. Bishop Vasa discussed the controversy over his directive, the aim of Catholic education, misunderstandings that exist about conscience, and a few of the challenges facing the Church in the United States.
Brehany warns University of Dallas students of decline in conscience rights
February 15, 2013
CMA Executive Director John F. Brehany, Ph.D. traveled to Dallas, TX to address students and faculty at the University of Dallas last week. In his talk, "Conscience in Healthcare," Dr. Brehany described the decline in respect for conscience in American culture and called on students to “learn, prepare and act,” to defend human dignity, life, conscience and religious freedom. See more after the break.
CMA Issues Statement on Latest HHS Compromise
February 01, 2013
Bala Cynwyd, PA—On February 1, 2013, the Obama administration announced a proposal to modify its definition of “religious employer” to ostensibly exempt some organizations from the HHS mandate. In response, the Catholic Medical association issued the following statement:
CMA at the March for Life 2013
January 30, 2013
Members of the Catholic Medical Association turned out in force for the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C. to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Even Better News for Supporters of Conscience Rights and Religious Freedom
December 20, 2012
Hot on the heels of the good news reported on December 11, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned lower court decisions dismissing a lawsuit against the HHS mandate filed by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College. This means the lawsuit can go forward!
Good News for Supporters of Conscience Rights and Religious Freedom
December 11, 2012
After the 2012 elections, many of us have been looking for some good news in the headlines. Decisions in Illinois and New York have provided some welcome doses of good news.
Nevada Judge Rules Against Forced Abortion
November 16, 2012
A Nevada judge ruled earlier this week that a 32-year-old woman would not be forced to undergo an abortion against her own will and against the will of her parents and guardians.
Assisted Suicide Measure Defeated
November 07, 2012
Opponents of assisted suicide won an important victory in Massachusetts on November 6. Question 2, a ballot initiative to legalize assisted suicide, was defeated 51-49 percent.
Ted Kennedy’s Widow Rejects Assisted Suicide
October 29, 2012
The late Senator Ted Kennedy's widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wrote an op-ed last weekend criticizing Question 2, the Massachusetts assisted suicide ballot initiative, and announced her plans to vote no on it. Read her column after the break.
CMA Member Speaks at Religious Freedom Rally
October 29, 2012
St. Louis Guild in the News
October 19, 2012
The Saint Loius Guild and their President, Dr. Michael Dixon are featured in the St. Louis Review. They are being featured for their work to defend life and Religious liberty and the respect for the dignity of women in the fight against "free" contraceptives. Read more about their hard effort after the jump.
CMA Conference an Outstanding Success
October 08, 2012
Bala Cynwyd, PA – The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) concluded its largest and most successful conference ever on Saturday, September 29, 2012, hosting a record number of medical students and passing two important resolutions, one on the HHS mandate and a second on traditional marriage. Read more after the break!
Great Medical Student Video
August 10, 2012
This message needs to be heard.
The Next Boot to Drop?
August 06, 2012
Doctors, patients, and American taxpayers might ask, given all of the bad news about Obamacare -- the budget-busting deficits it will cause, the increasing cost of health insurance, the threat of people losing the health insurance coverage they have enjoyed, to name only the headlines -- what could be worse? Worse is when the other shoe boot falls on the necks of America's doctors and health-care providers.
CMA Decries Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Obamacare
June 28, 2012
The Catholic Medical Association is disturbed and disappointed that the Supreme Court saw fit to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This decision is both alarming and deeply wrong. Read the full statement after the break.
CMA Members Stand Up for Religious Freedom
June 21, 2012
A large number of CMA members joined tens of thousands of others in the second round of Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies held on Friday, June 8, 2012. With 164 rallies across the United States, Americans' determination to fight for our God-given rights and liberties was made known loud and clear.
Great New ADF Video
June 05, 2012
The Alliance Defense Fund has released a great new video which captures the core features of the HHS mandate. Watch the video after the break.
Children of God for Life Concludes Boycott with Victory
April 30, 2012
Demonstrating the power of grassroots organization and witness, Children of God for Life led a successful boycott of Pepsico, and in less than one year persuaded the company to discontinue its plan to use cell lines derived from elective abortion to test flavor enhancers.
CMA Joins Amicus Brief Protesting Blagojevich Rule
March 26, 2012
On Friday, March 23, the Catholic Medical Association joined several other organizations in a brief filed in the Illinois appellate court against the “Blagojevich Rule,” a regulation that would force Illinois pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs despite their religious and moral convictions. “At a time when there is a critical shortage of pharmacists, a regulation that forces pharmacists to choose between their jobs and their religious beliefs recklessly threatens the health care of all citizens of Illinois,” stated Kim Colby, Senior Counsel for Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom, which submitted the brief.
St Patricks Day Massacre Closes the Noose
March 20, 2012
Last Friday night, on the eve of St. Patrick's Day, the Obama administration issued important new rules to extend and finalize their abortifacient and contraceptive mandate, issuing demands to provide free sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacient pills to all college students. And that is not all . . .
CMA Physician Speaks at Faith and Freedom Event
February 27, 2012
CMA member and Military Region director William P. Mueller, M.D. spoke at a Faith and Freedom First event in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, February 18, giving a clear witness to the fact that the HHS mandate not only violates religious freedom, but is bad for women's health and for the sancity of human life and marriage. Watch a Youtube video of the event after the break.
Brehany Appears on Oregon Radio Show
February 23, 2012
Executive Director John F. Brehany, Ph.D., appeared on KDOV AM, The Dove, a radio station based out of Medford, Oregon, to discuss the HHS mandate on Friday, February 17, 2012. Listen to the entire interview after the break.
CMA Women Physicians Respond to Women Senators’ Column
February 22, 2012
In a Feb. 7, 2012 Wall St. Journal op-ed, Democrat Senators Boxer, Murray, and Shaheen claimed that President Obama’s HHS mandate was a victory for women’s health. Several CMA women physician members, including president Maricela P. Moffitt, M.D., M.P.H., and past president Kathleen Raviele, M.D., responded to this column, asserting that President Obama’s mandate is bad for women’s health and for the profession of medicine. Read the full open letter after the break.
CMA Joins Legal Challenge to Obamacare
February 14, 2012
The Catholic Medical Association joined six other medical organizations in a friend of the court brief filed on Feb. 13 in the U.S. Supreme Court by lead counsel Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF), challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ("Obamacare").
CMA Joins Lawsuit to Protect New York City Pregnancy Resource Centers
February 10, 2012
On February 7, 2012, the Catholic Medical Association joined the Law of Life Project in an amicus brief challenging New York City's attack on pregnancy resource centers.
CMA Interviewed by Christian Broadcasting Network about the HHS Mandate
February 07, 2012
CMA Executive Director John F. Brehany, Ph.D. was interviewed by CBN News White House Correspondent Jennifer Wishon for a story about the HHS mandate and the Catholic Church. Get the whole story after the break.
Pittsburgh Bishop Reacts Strongly to HHS Mandate
January 27, 2012
Pittsburgh's bishop, David A Zubik, issued a strong statement in reaction to the HHS mandate targeting Catholic institutions. According to Bishop Zubik, "The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, “To Hell with you!” There is no other way to put it."
CMA Physicians Publish Article on POLST
January 13, 2012
Three CMA physicians, Drs. Stephen Pavela, Franklin Smith, and William Toffler, joined moral theologian E. Christian Brugger, Ph.D., to publish an article on POLST in the January 2012 issue of Ethics & Medics.