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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The death penalty remains a divisive issue among political partisans, with Democrats (49%) far less likely to be in favor of the punishment than Republicans (82%).
In 2008, representatives of the Arab civil society gathered and issued the Alexandria Declaration on a moratorium on the death penalty in the Arab world, in which they renounced the practice, and encouraged retentionist countries to reconsider their position on the death penalty.
And the legislatures of three other states--Connecticut, Maryland, and Montana--are also currently considering abolishing the death penalty.
The draft amendment also states that the death penalty is not to be applied to people above 75 at the time the crime is committed.
Achieving the adoption of the resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty in the UN General Assembly was an important step in our global efforts to strengthen the trend toward a global abolition of the death penalty.
I have been criticized by some conservatives for my opposition to the death penalty.
Ever since we stopped the death penalty in the 1960s, the murder rate has increased.
If they do so, New Jersey would become the first state to abolish the death penalty legislatively since the Supreme Court reinstated it in 1976.
At its 2006 national convention in June, the League of Women Voters adopted a new position to abolish the death penalty.
But on hot-button issues including abortion, gay marriage or the death penalty, some of the region's Republican lawmakers say their personal religious beliefs directly determine their votes and the policies they help create for Los Angeles and the nation.
The combined popularity of the book and the movie heated up a debate on the death penalty that had been frozen for decades.