Medical Ethics and Capital Punishment

California postpones an execution because no licensed medical professional will administer the lethal dose. Last month, the Supreme Court stopped an execution in Florida after a prisoner there challenged the use of execution drugs. Guests discuss doctors, medical ethics and the death penalty.

Guests:

Joanne Silberner, NPR science desk reporter

Dr. Jack Lewin, CEO of the California Medical Association

State Rep. David Ralston (R-GA), Republican in the Georgia State House; sponsored legislation that would allow doctors to assist in executions without fear of having their licenses revoked

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