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Comment & Response
November 5, 2014

Ethical Considerations Surrounding Lethal Injection—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2014;312(17):1804-1805. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12632

In Reply The report1 by the Committee of The Constitution Project correctly states that “Doctors and other medical professionals should not be compelled to violate medical ethics,” and former Governor White adds that if there is indeed consensus that no medical personnel could ever ethically participate in executions, then the report1 should be read as completely prohibiting the use of lethal injection as a method of execution in the United States. The message of our Viewpoint was that there is solid and irrefutable consensus on this issue.

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