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Press Releases

For more information on Press Releases or Interview Inquiries please contact Jill Blumenfeld, Communications Manager [email protected] or phone: (484) 270-8002 x16


November 19, 2019

CMA, Solidarity HealthShare and Christ Medicus Foundation Applaud HHS Action to Create More Transparency in Healthcare

Philadelphia, PA—The Catholic Medical Association, together with Solidarity HealthShare and Christ Medicus Foundation are commending the Trump Administration for its push to achieve more transparency in healthcare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday that two rules issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services “will require hospitals to publicly disclose... Read More

November 12, 2019

CMA Responds After Two Federal Judges Block Conscience Protection Rule 

Philadelphia, PA—The Catholic Medical Association is disappointed to learn two federal judges ruled to block The Department of Health and Human Services’ Conscience Protection Rule. CMA previously expressed its support of HHS’ Conscience Rule, which aims to “protect healthcare providers, individuals, and other health care entities from having to provide, participate in, pay for, or... Read More

October 21, 2019

Catholic Medical Association Speaks Out Against AMA’s Abortion-Defending Statement

Philadelphia, PA—The Catholic Medical Association is voicing opposition to a recent abortion-defending position issued by the American Medical Association. In its statement, “Ban on standard D&E abortion procedure is unsafe, unwarranted,” which is in response to Kentucky legislation—the AMA affirms second and third trimester D&E abortions. A dilation and evacuation uses both vacuum aspiration and... Read More

October 9, 2019

CMA and NCBC Respond to Misleading Statement from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Physicians for Reproductive Health:Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary

The Catholic Medical Association and the National Catholic Bioethics Center recognize the obligation to treat both patients, the mother and the unborn child, when a life-threatening pathological situation arises during pregnancy. Certain pathological situations, like infected membranes(chorioamnionitis), can allow for a treatment of the mother to directly remedy the infection, for example, by inducing labor to... Read More

September 23, 2019

Catholic Medical Association Issues Support of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act 

Philadelphia, PA—The Catholic Medical Association, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Health Association and many others, issued its support of S. 2080, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) pending in Congress. PCHETA will provide federal grants to train more health professionals with expertise in palliative care so they... Read More

September 17, 2019

CMA Commends Catholic Hospital for its Commitment to Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide

Philadelphia, PA—The Catholic Medical Association commends Centura Health on its commitment to remain opposed to physician assisted suicide. “Protecting and defending life in all of its stages is the foundation of Catholic healthcare,” said CMA President, Dr. John Schirger. “The CMA stands by the Catholic hospital’s policy—which prohibits employees from participating in physician-assisted suicide,” Dr.... Read More

August 27, 2019

Catholic Medical Association Calls for the Protection of Conscience Rights through Briefs Filed by Alliance Defending Freedom

Philadelphia, PA— The Catholic Medical Association continues to stand up for the conscience rights of health care professionals. CMA’s support for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Conscience Rights in Health Care Rule was expressed through two friend-of-the-court briefs filed on August 21st by Alliance Defending Freedom. The briefs were filed with federal district... Read More

August 19, 2019

CMA’s Dr. Lester Ruppersberger and Wife Honored by Pope Francis

Philadelphia, PA—The Catholic Medical Association congratulates Dr. Lester Ruppersberger and his wife, Betty, who have been honored by Pope Francis for their service to the church. Dr. Ruppersberger, a longtime member and past president of CMA, along with his wife, are two of 40 Catholics from the Philadelphia Archdiocese to be recognized by Pope Francis.... Read More

June 25, 2019

Catholic Medical Association Responds to Article Criticizing Pro-Life Success

Philadelphia, PA—As the Catholic Medical Association remains committed to upholding the dignity and sanctity of life in all its stages, the last several months have prompted our organization to respond with a particular focus on the fight against abortion. CMA has spoken out against several states which passed life-ending legislation, in some cases, allowing for... Read More

June 25, 2019

Catholic Medical Association Defends Sanctity of Life After Rhode Island Passes Bill Allowing for Abortion Up to Birth

Philadelphia, PA— The Catholic Medical Association expressed its opposition to yet another law legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth—this time in Rhode Island. “Yet again we find ourselves defending the sanctity of the lives of the most vulnerable,” said CMA President, Dr. John Schirger. “As Catholics and as health care providers we believe... Read More