Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) Biography
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"We, as Christian physicians and dentists, believe that human life is a gift from God and is sacred because it bears His image.
The role of the physician is to affirm human life, relieve suffering, and give compassionate, competent care as long as the patient lives. The physician as well as the patient will be held accountable by God, the giver and taker of life.
We oppose active intervention with the intent to produce death for the relief of suffering, economic considerations or convenience of patient, family, or society.
We do not oppose withdrawal or failure to institute artificial means of life support in patients who are clearly and irreversibly deteriorating, in whom death appears imminent beyond reasonable hope of recovery...
While rejecting euthanasia, we encourage the development and use of alternatives to relieve suffering, provide human companionship, and give opportunity for spiritual support and counseling."
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"Founded in 1931, CMDA [Christian Medical and Dental Associations] provides programs and services supporting its mission to 'change hearts in healthcare' with a current membership of more than 17,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects through its mission arm, Global Health Outreach; coordinates a network of Christian doctors for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary doctors with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the 'hands of Jesus' to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19)."
www.cmda.org (accessed Dec. 5, 2006)
"The Christian Medical & Dental Associations exist to motivate, educate, and equip Christian physicians and dentists to glorify God by:
living out the character of Christ in their homes, practices, communities and around the world;
pursuing professional competence and Christ-like compassion in their daily work;
influencing their families, colleagues, and patients toward a right relationship with Jesus Christ;
advancing Biblical principles in bioethics and health to the Church and society."