Aiding Executions Betrays Medical Values, Lancet Says (Update1)
By Eva von Schaper
Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Doctors who aid in executions by injecting convicts with deadly drugs betray the core values of medicine, an editorial in The Lancet medical journal said.
``Lethal injection is a perversion of healing,'' Leonidas Koniaris and fellow researchers of the University of Miami wrote in the editorial.
A series of botched executions in California recently led U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel to conclude that the state's implementation of lethal injection is broken and demanded that the government review the process. Other states, including Florida, are also reviewing their execution protocols. These reviews imply that medical and scientific experts should evaluate and perfect executions, the article said.
Appropriating doctors' knowledge ``to kill is an appalling betrayal of the core values of medical research,'' the authors said.
Amnesty International says 128 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, while 22 countries are known to have executed prisoners in 2005. Of those executions, 94 percent occurred in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
To contact the reporter on this story: Eva von Schaper in Munich atLast Updated: February 2, 2007 09:38 EST .