The Hippocratic Oath and Abortion


Hippocrates rubens

I’m not looking to begin a discussion, I’m just pointing something I don’t’ think I knew before:

The hippocratic oath, traditionally taken by physicians includes a point that reads:

Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion.


The Oath was written by Hippocrates* (460 BC – 370 BC), an ancient Greek physician, recognized the evils of abortion.



* The authorship is in dispute and it may have been written after his death.

2 thoughts on “The Hippocratic Oath and Abortion

  1. Well… that’s intriguing… so, the whole thing about “Do no harm” that doctors like to quote frequently (and has actually played into court cases like Gosnell’s) actually includes that little line.. VERY interesting…

  2. Here in the UK, doctors have dispensed with the hypocratic oath – probably because it was inconvenient and had become ‘hypocritic’

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