Who we are
Doctors For Life International (DFL) is a non-profit company that was founded and established in South Africa in 1991. The organisation began in response to an increasing need for intervention to preserve Judaeo-Christian ethics and sound science within the medical profession and, in particular, protect the sanctity of life from fertilisation until natural death.
Medical professionals experience first-hand the devastating effects of societal harms such as abortions, drug misuse, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases, domestic violence and sexual assault. DFL is an organisation through which medical professionals and the broader community are able to unite as one voice and intervene in these matters. Since DFL first opposed the legalisation of abortion in South Africa in 1991 other ethical issues have been challenged including euthanasia, pornography, sexual exploitation, substance abuse and the role of alternative medicine.
Core values of Doctors For Life
- Sound science within the medical profession
- Protection of the sanctity of life from fertilisation until natural death
- Judeo-Christian ethics within the medical profession
DFL is frequently contacted by news broadcasters to discuss and debate medical ethical issues on public platforms such as radio and television. Information presented is obtained from research and discussion with experts worldwide. Presentations and webinars are conducted to create awareness and provide education to the general public. DFL also acts as an advocate in parliamentary meetings when necessary. LIFEalerts and press releases are regularly posted to raise awareness of current ethical issues of concern worldwide. DFL has evolved into a leading voice interceding when morality and societal wellbeing are threatened.
Membership was initially exclusively available to medical practitioners, dentists or veterinarians. However, interest from individuals outside of these professions has resulted in the development of a second category of membership known as Friends of Doctors For Life.
Doctors For Life (DFL) liaises with, and recruits, legal professionals to be an effective voice when Christian ethics and sound science are at stake. Involvement in the legal realm is vital for the preservation of moral values and integrity within society and the medical profession. DFL also stands for the rights of its healthcare workers in relation to medical ethical issues and for the freedom of conscientious objection within medical practice. DFL has been involved in approximately 15 landmark court cases in South Africa. Learn more...