Hidden Treasure

For you formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother's womb. Psalms 139:13

Monday, January 4, 2010

Returning to my first love with a BANG!


After a long hiatus, in which I questioned the direction I wanted to take Hidden Treasure in, I am back to blog about and make a difference in Pro-life issues. Advocate? Maybe. Whistle blower? You bet.

You see, my heart has always been with those that society deemed worthless and I have no tolerance nor compassion on those that steamroll their way over the less fortunate. I don't waste my passion or compassion there, choosing instead to be the one to pick up the pieces, apply the healing balm, and then find ways to prevent this from happening again. I've never been accused of being a trail blazer. Not sure I know how to think like they do enough to stay a step ahead. However, if you hurt or kill an innocent child, disabled person, or one of a race you consider inferior, be assured, I will be in the dust and one of the first ones you will answer to.

That said, I was enthused to see most physicians still prefer to stand by their conscientious right to refuse to do an abortion. ".....many physicians may still feel pressured to violate their own ethical integrity by referring patients
to other doctors who will perform morally objectionable practices. We need
laws that protect physicians' rights of conscience, and we need education
to encourage doctors to stand firm on strong moral and ethical principles.

"A professional has the right and even the duty to stand firm on
ethical standards. A professional by definition is someone who has
professed an oath that binds him or her to clearly stated, objective
ethical standards. When doctors hold themselves to those standards,
patients are protected. Before doctors began to swear the 'do no harm'
principles inherent in the Hippocratic Oath, patients never knew whether
their doctor would heal them, kill them or sexually abuse them.

"If it is morally wrong to perform an abortion or euthanasia, it is
morally wrong to facilitate abortion or euthanasia with a referral. Our
society has always recognized this ethical principle. It's why, for
example, we prosecute accomplices who drive the getaway car in a robbery."

Dr. Al Weir, who directs CMA's Campus and Community Ministries that
reaches students on nearly every medical school campus in the United
States, emphasizes the need for strong ethical standards and education in
medicine.

Dr. Weir noted, "Patients would be alarmed to discover that many
medical schools have quietly stopped administering oaths in which doctors
profess to upholding the Hippocratic standards that protect patients. We
seem to have gone backward in ethical history.

"Many medical students today are taught that there are no moral
absolutes, and that a doctor's role basically is to accommodate whatever
the patient wants. These students need to realize that being a professional
means holding to moral standards that are above the doctor and above the
patient.

"Ethics and morals by definition draw bright lines that you must not
cross, even if someone else is pressuring you to violate those standards.
We need more doctors who have the courage to stand by the life-honoring
convictions that have protected patients for millennia."


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2 Comments:

  • At January 4, 2010 at 10:48 AM , OpenID llpowell48 said...

    Mary,
    I feel that I have really found a "Hidden Treasure" today when someone forwarded me the link to your blog. I will be linking to it on FB and Twitter.

    I couldn't agree more with your comments concerning those who can't speak for themselves. We must never be silent because silence only helps the oppressor, never the oppressed!

    I pray that you will reach many, many people with your words.

    Lynphd

     
  • At January 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Mary said...

    Thank you so much for your kind comment! Welcome and feel free to add any information you come across concerning defending the defenseless.

     

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