The Times recently ran part of a wire story with the headline "Pediatricians Fight Church Limit on Care."(Part I, Jan. 6) But the article told only one side of the story. There's no question--most pediatricians care deeply for and about children. But they certainly aren't the only ones who care!
Most parents, regardless of their other differences, share a deep love for children and an active concern for their safety and well-being. This includes Christian Scientists. We have relied on healing through prayer for over a century because it's brought comfort and healing to those we love.
That Christian Scientists care for their children is no secret. We have a good record of cooperating with health authorities and respecting the law by having a doctor or midwife present at every birth. When it comes to caring for those we love, the deciding factor is not any religious or medical doctrine--it's their well-being.
The current laws and the recognition of Christian Science treatment by major insurance carriers don't exempt Christian Scientists from providing responsible care. On the contrary, they are based on a long proven record of effective care and treatment through prayer.