Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm’ being abandoned

WND.com reports: “An expert in medical and ethical issues is warning that contemporary health care industry standards are abandoning the original concept of the Hippocratic oath – to do no harm – and instead advocating for a ‘right to die.’

A translation from Greek of the original oath includes not those exact words, but the idea, with the statement, ‘I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course.’

However, Dr. Jeffrey Hall Dobken, in the winter issue of the ‘Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons,’ documents the move toward physician-assisted suicide, even physician-assisted death.

‘The invention of a ‘right to die,’ especially as it comes to embrace a right to ‘aid-in-dying,’ must translate into a legislative obligation on the part of others (namely physicians) to kill or help kill,’ he warned.

‘Apart from the moral and coercive personal offense that such a duty requires, it is difficult to imagine and configure a limited statute permitting homicide by a privileged few and exercised in the name of society,’ he wrote…”

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