Doctors Register Their Opposition To Monitoring Executions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 17, 2006

The head of the California Medical Association, Doctor Jack Lewin says having physicians monitor an execution violates doctors’ professional ethics.  The C-M-A was quick to issue its objection to a court ruling ordering doctors’ participation in the upcoming execution of convicted murderer Michael Morales.  

 “And in many instances prison physicians across the country have historically asked  that they be excluded from this responsibility They have to care for these individuals as patients in prisons and it doesn’t make sense to also be the executioner.” 

The State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says two anesthesiologists have been court-approved to assist in the upcoming execution to ensure Morales is unconscious before life-ending chemicals are given.