Docs Won’t Help Ohio Kill

Health professionals confirm death in 1998 Guatemala execution. (c) Jorge Uzon

Health professionals confirm death in 1998 Guatemala execution. (c) Jorge Uzon

Ohio’s botched and failed execution of Romell Broom, which has led to the postponement of all the Buckeye State’s execution plans – at least for this year – has created another problem for the state.  It seems that when you are doing something morally repugnant, like putting a human being to death with lethal chemicals, those with ethics don’t want to help you.  So, as Ohio looks for ways to improve its ability to kill prisoners without embarrassing mishaps, it is not surprising that they are having a hard time finding a respectable member of the medical profession who is willing to help them.  Killing someone, it seems, is somewhat of a violation of the whole “do no harm” code of ethics to which health professionals are bound.

According to an AP report, on Friday, Ohio’s Attorney General Richard Cordray filed a brief with a federal District Court explaining that “ethical and professional considerations are deterring doctors and others from offering advice about lethal injection.”

Apparently, due to this difficulty, Ohio now has judges, police and lawmakers helping to find some medical professionals who are willing to take their ethical obligations less seriously and give the state the help it needs to resume killing.

Meanwhile, there is nothing to prevent us from continuing to offer our own – albeit unsolicited – advice, that the best way for Ohio to avoid these moral quandaries it to simply stop executions.

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  2. And yet nearly 1.4 million INNOCENT babies are killed every year since 1973. Certainly not always due to a rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Where is the ethical dilemna Docs?
    Save the murderers, kill the unborn babies? Hmmm…

  3. Weird that people like "Interesting" are pretending to be pro-life in opposing abortion but supporting the death penalty, when they truly are hypocrites and don't care about human rights at all, though they "support" them by executing their own citizens while ignoring their innocence! I oppose both abortion and the death penalty and also oppose euthanasia as well. Too bad that those who support one and oppose the other, be they abortion, euthanasia or the death penalty, are never truly pro-life like me. :(

  4. And yet nearly 1.4 million INNOCENT babies are killed every year since 1973. Certainly not always due to a rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Where is the ethical dilemna Docs?
    Save the murderers, kill the unborn babies? Hmmm…

  5. Weird that people like “Interesting” are pretending to be pro-life in opposing abortion but supporting the death penalty, when they truly are hypocrites and don’t care about human rights at all, though they “support” them by executing their own citizens while ignoring their innocence! I oppose both abortion and the death penalty and also oppose euthanasia as well. Too bad that those who support one and oppose the other, be they abortion, euthanasia or the death penalty, are never truly pro-life like me. :(

  6. The hypocrites are the Doctors, and Amnesty International. I've never seen one posted blog condemning the "legal" tearing out and murder of an innocent fetus from a mother's womb. Which happens 1,400,000 times a year in the U.S. alone.

    BUT, when it comes to the LEGAL execution of a convicted murderer A.I. is all over it.

    1,177 executions in the U.S. since 1973.

    51,800,000 innocent babies murdered in the same time period.

    Time to get your priorities in order.

    But Amnesty International cares more about the human rights of 1,200 convicted murders then they care about the human rights of 52,000,000 innocent unborn babies.

  7. Mr. Interesting, your comments are all a big "F*** YOU!" to AIUSA and to all human rights organizations and anti-death penalty people! You never care about the innocent people on death row, and you never care about us at all! This shows that you are one of the Pilates and Pharisees' supporters who hate AIUSA and hate us all, as someone told me! Since I can't press the "thumbs-down" button on you, I'm ignoring you from now on! Good day! :evil:

  8. The hypocrites are the Doctors, and Amnesty International. I’ve never seen one posted blog condemning the “legal” tearing out and murder of an innocent fetus from a mother’s womb. Which happens 1,400,000 times a year in the U.S. alone.

    BUT, when it comes to the LEGAL execution of a convicted murderer A.I. is all over it.

    1,177 executions in the U.S. since 1973.

    51,800,000 innocent babies murdered in the same time period.

    Time to get your priorities in order.

    But Amnesty International cares more about the human rights of 1,200 convicted murders then they care about the human rights of 52,000,000 innocent unborn babies.

  9. Mr. Interesting, your comments are all a big “F*** YOU!” to AIUSA and to all human rights organizations and anti-death penalty people! You never care about the innocent people on death row, and you never care about us at all! This shows that you are one of the Pilates and Pharisees’ supporters who hate AIUSA and hate us all, as someone told me! Since I can’t press the “thumbs-down” button on you, I’m ignoring you from now on! Good day! :evil:

  10. Interesting,

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  11. Interesting,

    We do enforce our “Terms of Use” on this blog.

    As a reminder to our readers, we will not tolerate any abusive comments, personal attacks or off-topic posts here. We greatly appreciate and hear your opinions and ask that you stay on topic. The issue you raise is very important, however, it is not the focus of the present post.

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  12. Interesting,

    We do enforce our “Terms of Use” on this blog.

    As a reminder to our readers, we will not tolerate any abusive comments, personal attacks or off-topic posts here. We greatly appreciate and hear your opinions and ask that you stay on topic. The issue you raise is very important, however, it is not the focus of the present post.

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  13. Thanks for the stern talking to.

    If I'm being perceived as abusive and making personal attacks you should re-read the comment toward me above.

    No disrespect intended from this end. I was called a hypocrite and responded to that accusation accordingly. Perhaps I sank to that level.

    I think your critique of me is more fueled by my criticism and putting the deaths of executed murderers in perspective to true human right violations.

    Sorry your organization turns a blind eye to 51.8 million aborted human babies instead focusing on 1,200 executed convicted murderers. I'm only trying to understand the mentality that is all. 44,000 abortions for every 1 execution.

    Thanks for your response and sorry you are offended.

    Thanks for all the other good work your organization does do.

  14. Interesting,

    We do enforce our “Terms of Use” on this blog.

    As a reminder to our readers, we will not tolerate any abusive comments, personal attacks or off-topic posts here. We greatly appreciate and hear your opinions and ask that you stay on topic. The issue you raise is very important, however, it is not the focus of the present post.

    We maintain this public forum for the purpose of discussing particular human rights issues that our writers choose to express and not as a place for readers to promote the issues that they deem more important.

    Please refer to the Community Guidelines statement if you need further information [http://blog.amnestyusa.org/community-guidelines].

    Please respect our community.

  15. Thanks for the stern talking to.

    If I’m being perceived as abusive and making personal attacks you should re-read the comment toward me above.

    No disrespect intended from this end. I was called a hypocrite and responded to that accusation accordingly. Perhaps I sank to that level.

    I think your critique of me is more fueled by my criticism and putting the deaths of executed murderers in perspective to true human right violations.

    Sorry your organization turns a blind eye to 51.8 million aborted human babies instead focusing on 1,200 executed convicted murderers. I’m only trying to understand the mentality that is all. 44,000 abortions for every 1 execution.

    Thanks for your response and sorry you are offended.

    Thanks for all the other good work your organization does do.

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