Ethical questions surround doctor’s involvement in Georgia executions

“It’s wrong for a doctor to do something like that – to help take someone’s life. It’s against the guidelines of the AMA’s code of ethics for a doctor to do that.”
–Stephen Brotherton, a Texas surgeon who chairs the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
“Physicians are licensed by the state, and if the state believes there’s a legitimate reason to carry out an execution, I do not have an objection to physicians participating if it doesn’t violate their conscience. . . . But whether it violates the Hippocratic Oath, that’s another question.”
 — John Banja, Emory University’s Center for Ethics
The state of Georgia hires a doctor on a contract basis to prescribe the drug used to execute prisoners on death row. The identity of the doctor is a secret. Even the contract between him or her and the state is a secret.
Using files from earlier execution cases, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was able to piece together some of the information the state does not wish to share. Read Secrets of the Death Penalty.

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