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Medical Ethics and Capital Punishment

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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.


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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