Abortion is often performed to terminate a pregnancy resulting from irresponsible sexual
intercourse between a male and a female. It is estimated that over a million abortions are
performed a year in the United States.
Medical doctors had rejected performing it since 500 B.C., when the father of medicine—
Hippocrates—included refusal to abet abortions in his medical oath.
However, in 1973 the Supreme Courts overruled anti-abortion laws in its verdict, Roe vs.
Wade, contending that a woman’s “right to privacy” should not be proscribed by the
Nobody has questioned the various state laws prohibiting a woman’s “right” to “sell her
body for sex”, or engaging in sex acts for money.
In-vitro fertilization clinics destroy up to a half million human embryos a year, created
artificially from human sperm and eggs, as medical waste because they are no longer
needed or wanted.
Undesirable consequences of promiscuous sex are sexually transmitted diseases, and
AIDS, as well as broken relationships and marriages.
Nature itself is very prolific in wasting sperm and eggs. If a woman is fertile from 15 to 45, or
30 years, and prepares 12 eggs a year for fertilization, a total of nearly 360 eggs are wasted.
As for the man, every time he ejaculates, it is estimated that he releases hundred of
thousands of sperm, only one of which will be used to fertilize the egg as a result of
A man engages in intercourse an average of twice a week, or 100 times a year. Multiplying
200,000 sperm times 100 times a lifetime of 60 fertile years (from 15 to 75) equals 12 billion
wasted sperm per man.
This phenomenon is repeated by male fish, which ejaculate thousands of sperm into the
water near the floating eggs of the female, most of which are wasted.
We should compare the harm of abortion, both to the woman, fetus, and men; compared to
the bad, and often deadly, consequences of prostitution, sexual diseases, AIDS, lust, rape,
and broken relationships while searching for a value judgment.
Hippocrates, the father of medicne
Hippocratic Oath — Classical Version
From 500 B.C.
I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and
goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment
this oath and this covenant:
To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in
partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard
his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art – if they
desire to learn it – without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction
and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to
pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law,
but no one else.
I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and
judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to
this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I
will guard my life and my art.
I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such
men as are engaged in this work.
Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all
intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and
male persons, be they free or slaves.
What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in
regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself,
holding such things shameful to be spoken about.
If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being
honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely,
may the opposite of all this be my lot.
Translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein. From The Hippocratic Oath: Text,
Translation, and Interpretation, by Ludwig Edelstein. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.