بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Hippocratic oath is a pledge taken by physicians of the ancient world principally to swear to “do no harm” to their patients, and to retain strict confidentiality. Variations of it have emerged in all subsequent civilizations which built off of Greek medicine. Modern doctors are required to abide by a code of ethics which is the historical descendant of the Hippocratic oath. It goes without saying that the Hippocratic oath is a great achievement in the history of the human race.
I recently came across this video, in which I discovered that doctors who commit abortion and euthanasia are actually violating the Hippocratic oath:
Here is a translation of the full text, which is worth reading or listening to in the above video.
I swear by Apollo Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.
To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of my teacher, and to indentured pupils who have taken the Healer’s oath, but to nobody else.
I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgment, and I will do no harm or injustice to them. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.
Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.
Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me. – Translation by W.H.S. Jones.
It is often thought by people living today that abortion is a unique problem to this time period. This is far from being the case. The fact that this is mentioned in the Hippocratic oath means that abortion must have been a common enough practice in the ancient world that it required addressing. The condemnation of killing your children “for fear of poverty,” or because they are female is also found in the Quran:
وَلَا تَقْتُلُوٓا۟ أَوْلَـٰدَكُمْ خَشْيَةَ إِمْلَـٰقٍۢ ۖ نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُهُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ قَتْلَهُمْ كَانَ خِطْـًۭٔا كَبِيرًۭا
And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin. (17:31)
وَإِذَا ٱلْمَوْءُۥدَةُ سُئِلَتْ بِأَىِّ ذَنۢبٍۢ قُتِلَتْ
…And when the girl [who was] buried alive is asked for what sin she was killed… (81:8-9)
It is safe to say, therefore, that various version of infanticide were common enough in the ancient world to have required redress by the great moral voices of mankind.
It is astounding that even in a polytheistic society like ancient Greece, people of conscience could recognize the great evil that abortion is. Modern day polytheists as found in today’s technocratic secular liberal societies seem unable to grasp this basic truth.