Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hippocratic Oath? Try Hypocritical Oath

According to CNN:
The planned execution of a man convicted of raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl was delayed until Tuesday night after two anesthesiologists refused to participate because of ethical concerns.

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[T]he anesthesiologists issued a statement through the prison saying they were concerned about a requirement that they intervene in the event that Morales woke up or appeared to be in pain.

"Any such intervention would clearly be medically unethical," said the doctors, who have not been identified. "As a result, we have withdrawn from participation in this current process."

The American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association all opposed the anesthesiologists' participation as unethical and unprofessional.

Fascinating. I wonder if these same doctors would have any qualms about severing the limbs off of, and sucking the brains out of, an unborn child in the womb.

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