Sarah Weddington on the Hippocratic Oath

Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe vs. Wade in front of the Supreme Court, told the Supreme Court Justices her theory about the Hippocratic Oath. The Hippocratic Oath, written in ancient Greece, is a pledge intended for doctors  to guide them in making medical decisions. In the past, it was often recited at medical school graduations. The Hippocratic Oath forbids abortion as well as euthanasia.

Weddington says:

“The purpose of [the Hippocratic oath] was to prevent the citizen from becoming a dependent or ward of the State, and also to ensure that its citizens would be available for service in the military.”

Sarah Weddington A Question of Choice (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013 ed.) 153 – 154

This interpretation of the Hippocratic Oath has no basis in history.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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