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…which stands in stark contrast to the modern view of medicine. Abortion? Completely consistent. Euthanasia? Absolutely acceptable. To hear some of the extremists on the de-regulation side of the debate, one would think that the Oath was to do whatever a patient wants, rather than to keep them from harm.
Obviously, not all doctors are required to sign the Hippocratic Oath, but there is a cultural memory here which is hard to destroy, and patients actually expect their doctors to keep them from harm and do good. Plainly, abortion and euthanasia were not considered consistent with that aim by the Greeks: funny how we only learn from the Ancients when we've already made up our minds, isn't it?