Sunday, January 20, 2008

Medical Profesionals and Lethal Injection

Here's an excerpt from a kickass editorial in NEJM arguing against the use of medical professionals for the purpose of overseeing, and therefore legitimizing, capital punishment.
clipped from content.nejm.org


We are concerned that, regardless of its decision in Baze v. Rees, the Court may include language in its opinion that will turn again to the medical profession to legitimize a form of lethal injection that, meeting an appropriate constitutional standard, will not be considered "cruel and unusual punishment." On the surface, lethal injection is a deceptively simple procedure, but its practical application has been fraught with numerous technical difficulties. Without the involvement of physicians and other medical professionals with special training in the use of anesthetic drugs and related agents, it is unlikely that lethal injection will ever meet a constitutional standard of decency. But do we as a society want the nation's physicians to do this? We believe not.


Physicians and other health care providers should not be involved in capital punishment, even in an advisory capacity. A profession dedicated to healing the sick has no place in the process of execution.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think state-sanctioned executions are flat wrong and I'd like the biggest executioner, the state of Texas, to cease and desist. Lethal injection can never be humane under these circumstances, and, no, the med profession should NOT join in.

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5:18 PM  

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