Sarah Weddington’s mythical explanation of the Hippocratic Oath

By Sarah Terzo

Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe v. 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.”

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

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

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.