Do No Harm

I was reading the other day a story about more doctors going to programs to learn how to perform abortions and it got me thinking about the Hippocratic Oath. Isn’t one of the things they swear “First do no harm?” Actually I looked it up and that statement is no where in the oath but there are two statements that really stand out to me. The first is from the ancient text: Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner.

Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether mistress or servant, bond or free.

So first they are to exercise in a godly manner and refrain from doing injury or wrong. I know med students go through training and they know exactly when life begins so how can they consciously believe that taking an unborn child’s life is refraining from doing injury or wrong? It certainly isn’t in a godly manner for God created life in His image and all live has meaning to him.

The newer version says this: Above all, I must not play at God. Really? These men and women swear they must not play God and yet that’s exactly what they do when they determine the time of death for these unborn children. They willfully terminate a life that God created, which is clearly playing God. I wonder how they reconcile this in their minds or if it even crosses it at all. I think we could all do well to take the Hippocratic Oath and not play at God.

God has a purpose and a plan for these children and it is not our right to destroy that purpose.