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January 31, 2016

Choice and Consequences

The CMA supports your right to know about post-abortion trauma.  Abortion may cause psychological effects including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance abuse. 42% of women who’ve had abortions have experienced major depression within the last four years. Women who have abortions were twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and three times as likely to become addicted to illegal drugs. To find out more about post- abortion effects and how to get help, the CMA has created this video to raise awareness about choice and consequences. 

Choice and Consequences
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This brief video discusses some of the consequences of choosing abortion on the mother, as narrated by someone who experienced those consequences.

November 18, 2015

Seminar: Tools for handling disabilities


To understand the day-to-day lives of parents of children with disabilities, Francis X. McNesby offers this study of a group of mothers raising children with autism.
The study, reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, measured the levels of cortisol, a hormone "that is released in response to increased levels of stress," said McNesby, a pediatrician with the Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
While stress levels tend to rise and fall during the day, the study found the women suffered from "chronic stress - the same patterns as soldiers in combat," McNesby said.
That level of stress has particular meaning for parents of children with autism in this region. New Jersey has the nation's highest rate of autism, with one in 45 children diagnosed - a rate that includes one in 28 boys, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in March 2014.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update revealed that the number of Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services has reached more than 55,000 individuals - triple that of 2009.

March 30, 2015

CMA Premiers POLST Video

Bala Cynwyd, PA—The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) has produced a video on POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). In some states it is called by a different name such as POST, MOLST, MOST, etc. Important information about POLST can be reviewed by clicking this link.