capital punishment

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Capital punishment is legal in 36 states of the US and is used for certain crimes, usually homicides

capital punishment

Sentencing a criminal to death and carrying out the sentence via a legal method such as hanging, electrocution, or lethal injection.

Patient care

Whether or not to participate in capital punishment raises challenging ethical concerns for health care professionals. The decision may need to be individually considered in the context of personal, religious, or institutional philosophies. Guidance can be gained by consulting professional position statements on roles and responsibilities, such as those promulgated by the American Nurses Association and the International Council of Nurses; various Church organizations; and State Boards that govern health care; among others.

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As governor of Texas, he opposed bills that would have stopped executions of mentally retarded people, and at least a few of the 152 people whose deaths he oversaw had very low IQs.
At the very least, such concerns justify calls for a moratorium on executions.
Among those lining up to watch Massie's demise are representatives of the media who won the right to witness the full execution - over the state's objections - in a federal appeals court last week.
Bush, who has presided over more than 130 executions--more than any other Governor--defends the Texas record on executions.
Mary Frances Robinson is a founder of the Texas Moratorium on Executions.
While "Dead Man Walking" makes no effort to justify lethal punishment or find it objectionable, it does depict, in exquisite detail, the particular method of execution used in Louisiana, the state in which the movie takes place.
George Ryan, who temporarily halted executions in February after investigators, including a group of college students, proved the innocence of several men on the state's Death Row.
5 years on death row before winning release because evidence of their innocence emerged--an eloquent testament to the dangers of quicker executions.
Physician participation in executions has a long history.
Since then, 229 executions have taken place in the United States.
At the same time, the pace of executions is accelerating.