CMA news

Article published in Scotsman by Dr Gillian Wright,  SCHB Senior Researcher – The value of human life should restrain society from taking it’  A thought provoking article on the personal courage of Mr Richard Selley and his bid for Assisted Suicide.

The Centre of Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary’s University celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2020 – updated Sept 2019

The Centre of Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2020 and it is delighted to host this conference in partnership with the Scottish Council for Human Bioethics. With rapid advances in genomic editing and ongoing anticipation that Artificial Intelligence will equal or surpass human intelligence, there is a real need to consider the ethics of engendering posthuman persons and in particular what responsibilities we might have for and to them.

Delegate place £20 per day including refreshments and lunch.

Students are free of charge (ID required)

Time: 9.30am to 5.15pm on January 10th – 9.30am to 4.30pm on January 11th.

More details can be found here:

See attached Letter from CMA (UK) President to all CMA (UK) members – 27th August 2019 updated September 2019

Letter to CMA Members 

The highlights of the letter are as follows:

Consecration of Catholic Physicians to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 21st June 2019
CMA attendance at the Consecration of Catholic Physicians throughout the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that took place during Holy Mass in the Cappella del Coro in St Peter’s Basilica.

CMA (UK) Youth Conference
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all CMA (UK) members, especially our younger members, that the 4th Annual CMA (UK) Youth Conference will take place on Saturday 5th October at St Aloysius Church, Euston, London. The theme for the conference is “Care of the Dying Patient”. Registration details can be found on the website and cmaenglandandwales facebook page.

CMA (UK) Annual Conference
Feedback and thanks

New Honorary Registrar
Dr Dominic Whitehouse (Sussex branch) accepted the role of Honorary Registrar of the CMA (UK).

Catholic Medical International Conferences
Details of up and coming events with a reminder to CMA (UK) members and friends to consider attending international meetings and conferences linked to Catholic Medical activities..

Update on “Abortion Pill Reversal”.
GMC has responded to our request for clarification, although predictably the response was non-committal. They state that they cannot give specific advice on specific clinical situations but reiterated the need to provide patients with appropriate information regarding all aspects of care proposed to them, including information on risks, benefits and alternative management options.

NICE guidelines on “Termination of Pregnancy”
The consultation period ended on 31st May 2019. The guidelines are currently in the “development stage” with publication of the final document expected on 25th September 2019. CMA views on this…

World Medical Association and Euthanasia / Physician Assisted Suicide
Euthanasia and Physician-assisted suicide were discussed at the recent World Medical Association (WMA) Council meeting in Santiago, April 25th-27th and no changes were made to existing WMA policy.

RCP poll on physician-assisted suicide
Outcome of the poll.

Guests at CMA Council meetings
At our next Council meeting in October 2019, our guest will be Anais Symington from the Teen STAR programme, promoting Sexuality Teaching in the Context of Adult Responsibility. She will inform us of the work of the Teen STAR movement and suggest ways in which the CMA (UK) might provide assistance, within our remit.

Worthwhile film / DVD releases
Two important films with strong pro-life messages were released, against great odds and opposition, in the USA. The films in question are Gosnell, portraying the trial of the late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell and Unplanned, telling the true-life story of former abortionist Abby Johnson and her journey to becoming a major pro-life spokesperson. Details on how to source these.