UNBORN WORD of the day

September 2, 2007, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Medical/Bioethical Issues, Pope Benedict XVI


Norman Rockwell “Doctor and Boy Looking at Thermometer,” 1954

Our last post was on the Hippocratic oath and some modern day “imposter oaths” which are hypocritical. Today let’s focus on the most honorable doctors – Pro-Life doctors who maintain the moral consistency of: cherishing life, serving life and protecting/saving life. This triple test of medical morality is, in the sometimes swirling events of life, a difficult challenge which perhaps every doctor will find at times troublesome or confusing. The times of triage can be moral and emotional as well as medical. Pro-life doctors take the above triple test and add one more key element to it: promoting life!

Pro-Life doctors dedicate themselves to worthy principles and struggle for perfection, not only in their professional lives but also in their personal lives: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48) That is why the rest of us everyday pro-lifers have such admiration for them and for all health care professionals who take their commitment to human life so profoundly.

In February 2007 Pope Benedict XVI gave an important address to the Pontifical Academy for Life about the importance of conscience. He called the “right to life” not only the “first fundamental right of all human rights”, but he also pointed out that “the future of humanity” depends upon us guaranteeing this right. Here are a few striking quotes from Benedict’s address:

When the value of human life is at stake, this harmony between the magisterial function and the committed laity becomes singularly important: life is the first good received from God and is fundamental to all others; to guarantee the right to life for all and in an equal manner for all is the duty upon which the future of humanity depends.

Therefore, I ask the Lord to send among you, dear brothers and sisters, and among those dedicated to science, medicine, law and politics, witnesses endowed with true and upright consciences in order to defend and promote the “splendour of the truth” and to sustain the gift and mystery of life.

I trust in your help dearest professionals, philosophers, theologians, scientists and doctors. In a society at times chaotic and violent, with your cultural qualifications, by teaching and by example, you can contribute to awakening in many hearts the eloquent and clear voice of conscience.

Here are a few of the Pro-life Doctors Organizations around the world:

World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life
Doctors For Life International
Association of Pro-Life Physicians
Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Pro-Life Maternal-Fetal Medicine
British Section of the World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life
MaterCare International

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Would you consider linking to Jill Stanek’s website…it gets a lot of hits, and we’d love to share info…


And Kudos to the men and women that remember the Hippocratic oath…the way the man himself wrote it!

Mary Kay,
I had been meaning to put a couple of other pro-life blogs on my blogroll – thanks for your comment !


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