Last week, The Daily Telegraph reported that doctors and nurses in the UK who have religious or moral objections to supplying "morning-after" pills are being discriminated against. If unwilling to administer the controversial, abortion-inducing drug, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists bans them from obtaining specialist professional qualifications.
The discrimination is not limited to Europe, as this troubling mindset has made its way across the pond to the United States. The American counterpart to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has guidelines which state "Physicians and other health care providers have the duty to refer patients in a timely manner to other providers if they do not feel that they can in conscience provide the standard reproductive services that patients request." The ambiguity of the phrases "timely manner" and "standard reproductive services" lead to arbitrary rulings by the governing body that directly impacts how morally concerned physician's care for their patients.
Many Ob-Gyn residents and medical students have informed the Christian Medical Association that they have faced discrimination due to their religiously-based views and were even formally censured for refusing to participate in elective abortions. more >>
A Texas congregation is partnering with a gym to host crossfit workout challenges in an effort to boost membership and have participants glorify God through physical fitness.
Clear Creek Community Church in League City, Texas, and Crossfit Friendswood both believe in the importance of maintaining a spiritual and physical balance through Christian-inspired exercises.
"We gotta work out our faith. So when we work out our bodies, there's a correlation there," said Mark Carden, executive pastor of Clear Creek Community Church, reports KVUE-TV. "Without that encouragement, we fail." more >>
A mainline Protestant denomination whose governing documents declare homosexuality incompatible with Christianity will soon offer benefits to same-sex couples.
The United Methodist Church's General Council on Finance and Administration will provide benefits to agency employees with same-gender spouses. While the UMC GCFA decision derived from a vote taken last year, it was not until last week that the highest court in the denomination ruled that it was acceptable.
During its April session in Little Rock, Arkansas, the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled in Decision No. 1264 that the GCFA's benefits expansion did not contradict the guidelines of the Book of Discipline. more >>
At least 40 U.S. veterans reportedly died after they were allegedly stuck for months on a secret waiting list to see doctors in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare system.
In what is being described as an elaborate scheme to make the VA hospital look more efficient than it really is, a CNN investigation has revealed that Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix used a secret list to hide some 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans who were being made to wait, well beyond the 14 to 30 days as per VA internal policy, before they were able to get appointments with doctors.
Dr. Sam Foote, a recently retired top VA doctor who spent 24 years with the VA system in Phoenix, confirmed the practice along with emails from several high-level sources which showed that top managers were aware of the secret list and even defended its existence. more >>
WASHINGTON--A researcher with the Family Research Council considers euthanasia an "up-and-coming" issue for the pro-life movement in the United States.
Arina O. Grossu, director for the FRC's Center for Human Dignity, discussed euthanasia and the societal impact of laws that legalize physician-assisted suicide in the U.S. and Europe during a presentation titled, "The State of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the U.S."
In an interview with The Christian Post at the conservative organization's headquarters Wednesday, Grossu said she believes euthanasia is a matter of life issue and one that should get more attention, akin to the abortion debate. more >>
My mother passed away just before Easter of this year. During her last five months, she made six trips to the emergency room. Her journey from failing health to death gave our family an opportunity to observe, first hand, the positives and negatives of our transitioning healthcare system. Essie Jackson was a frugal senior citizen who suffered from a rare form of blood cancer and expired from complications of that health challenge.
Thankfully, she had my family and myself to help her navigate the last few months of life. Most of the poor or elderly would not have been able to travel 45 to 60 minutes (each way) to take advantage of the region's best healthcare options.
Instead of the large, efficient hospitals where everything is state-of-the-art; the poorest and weakest citizens must use the clinics and hospitals that serve the patients that no one else wants. These Medicaid patients (whose reimbursements are much smaller than those of private insurance) and patients without insurance are on the lowest rung of the healthcare food chain. The institutions that serve them are struggling. Many such organizations initially welcomed ACA, believing that it would help their uninsured patients get covered. But ironically, these are the very institutions whose existence is now threatened. more >>