by Steven Ertelt
March 10, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading group for pro-life physicians is calling on other pro-life groups, churches and medical organizations to recognize Doctor’s Day later this month. The Christian Medical and Dental Association says the special day is dedicated to recognizing the contributions the medical professionals make to society.
The group says doctors and dentists are not only medical leaders and patient advocates, but they are in a unique role to carry forward the pro-life perspective.
Every Christian doctor is a medical missionary. They may not serve in a foreign country, but each day they have dozens of intimate conversations with patients who do not have a relationship with God," CMDA CEO Dr. David Stevens told LifeNews.com.
"Doctors have an opportunity to influence their patients through their lives and counsel just as Christ did as He healed the sick," Stevens added.
Stevens said the general public sometimes view physicians as getting rich from the medical system without considering the sacrifices they’ve made.
Hard work, stress and sacrifice with years of study and training, often at great financial cost, have paved the way for the success. Stevens says many physicians cope with long hours and little family time because of their positions.
"Christian Medical & Dental Associations recognizes the great cost of being a doctor and calls on communities to acknowledge the sacrifices they make," the group told LifeNews.com.
The organization urges pro-life advocates to recognize pro-life doctors with a note of appreciation, prayer, sending flowers, or a special church blessing.
The first Doctor’s Day celebration was held on March 30, 1933 and it recognized the date on which Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether as an anesthetic agent in 1842 to remove a cyst.
To honor America’s physicians, Congress approved Senate Joint Resolution 366 which designated it an official public day in 1991.
Related web sites:
Doctor’s Day – https://www.cmda.org/DoctorsDay