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Do No Harm: Doctor-Turned-Congressman Seeks to Repeal DC Assisted Suicide Law

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio)
U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) will speak Thursday about the dangers of legalized euthanasia at a speech given to the Family Research Council. (House of Representatives photo)

The Hippocratic Oath, in its original form, is an un-Christian and biblically heretical document in that its adherents swore oaths to the many Greek "healing gods," but it is still considered the basis for modern medical ethics.

Many mistakenly believe it contains the phrase "do no harm." In reality, that phrase—while succinctly summing up the proper role of a physician—is found nowhere in the Hippocratic Corpus. But many doctors still hold to that principle: that they are to use their God-given gift not to harm, but to help, others.

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a third-term representative of Ohio's Second Congressional District, has been a physician for more than 25 years and holds strongly to the position that doctors should "do no harm." He believes that also applies to physician-assisted suicide.

As one of the leading voices in Washington, D.C., fighting against the spread of euthanasia in the U.S., he argues the practice undermines a key safeguard that protects America's most vulnerable citizens and ensures our loved ones receive the best medical care when they need it most. During a noon EDT Thursday speech at Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, he will speak out about physician-assisted suicide and his efforts to repeal the District of Columbia's decision to legalize the practice.

Earlier this year, Washington, D.C., joined Washington state, Vermont, Oregon, California, Colorado, Montana and Vermont in legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Wenstrup's speech will be live streamed.

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