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JULY 2015: Mothers Matter is MaterCare International's monthly eNewsletter updating you on the latest events and projects. 
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In response to the growing legal challenges to conscience rights and protection for medical professionals, MaterCare International themes international conference "Maternal Health Care with a Catholic Conscience" 

June 15, 2015 St. John's, NL:

In response to the growing legal challenges to conscience rights and protection for medical professionals, MaterCare International (MCI) has themed their international conference "Maternal Health Care with a Catholic Conscience" and will focus on discrimination befalling practicing Catholic Obstetricians, Gynaecologists and Midwives as well as the training of medical students and future specialists. View the full conference programme here. 
 
The 11th international conference in Rome will take place from August 31 to September 4, 2015. 
 

Among the featured speakers will be Professor Bogdan Chazan, one of the most senior specialists in Warsaw who recently was dismissed from his position as the CEO of the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, on the grounds of his refusal to abort a baby with lethal congenital anomalies. The Prime Minster of Poland at the time responded in a public statement saying “law comes before faith”. Charges of professional misconduct have since been dismissed, but Professor Chazan has not been reinstated in his position. 

Other speakers include two senior midwives who lost their case before the Supreme Court, of the UK,to uphold their right to conscientious objection in the supervision of abortion procedures.

"All of this has profound significance for the future of health care and the ministry of the church, especially as lay health professionals take the place of religious. The covenant relationship that used to exist between doctor and patient, second only to that of the priest, is being corrupted such that doctors are now becoming simply technicians who will be required by state law to end life both at the beginning and the end – perhaps even without the consent from whom they are caring for. This will no doubt continue to encompass more lives as the cost of care for severely premature babies, the elderly, and those with terminal illnesses rises. Few young doctors are entering the specialty of obstetrics and others sadly compromise their moral integrity in order to sustain their careers. For mothers the developing world relying on foreign aid, the situation raises the question, where will they receive care from doctors who respect their dignity, faith beliefs and decisions about their babies and families?" stated Dr. Robert Walley, Executive Director of MCI. 

The group is urging delegates from around the world to attend the conference in order to discuss the future of the Church's health care ministry to mothers.

CONTACTS:
Dr. Robert Walley, Executive Director of MaterCare International
Ph: (709) 579-6472 
Simon Walley, Project Manager
Ph: (709) 685-6503

Email: info@matercare.org

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"It is difficult to imagine anything more in keeping with reproductive justice , defined by one reproductive rights group as “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls,” than for women to have access to all existing means to safely deliver their children. [...]

Of the billions of dollars that have been spent on “reproductive health programs,” only a fraction of the funding has been spent on prenatal and obstetric care. As pointed out by MaterCare International, an organization devoted to promoting maternal health care in developing nations, we are all familiar with crimes of commission against women in these countries — sexual assault, genital mutilation, torture — but the extreme neglect that mothers face as a result of insufficient maternal care is just as deadly."

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Our 11th international conference will take place from August 31-Sept. 4 in Rome. 

Interested in attending? Complete and send our registration form.

You can also print our flyer-sized conference poster here and share it with your local community and churches. 


This year's conference theme is “Maternal Health and the Catholic Conscience”. Under the headings of Conviction, Competence, Community and Compassion, a particular focus will be placed on the discrimination befalling practicing Catholic Obstetricians, Gynecologists and Midwives as well as the training of medical students and specialists. 

Among the featured speakers will be Professor Bogdan Chazan, one of the most senior specialists in Warsaw who recently was dismissed from his position as the CEO of the Holy Family Hospital on the grounds of his refusal to abort a baby with lethal congenital anomalies. The Prime Minster of Poland at the time responded in a public statement saying “law comes before faith”. 

Other speakers include two senior midwives who lost their case before the Supreme Court to uphold their right to conscientious objection in the supervision of abortion procedures. All of these colleagues, who responded to a vocation in medicine, are now unemployed.

Understanding the crucial place of faith in practice has never been more important.

Register for the conference today.



 

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