Word - Healing or hurting?

On June 1, local law firms filed a complaint with the state board that licenses physicians alleging doctors who participate in Georgia executions by lethal injection violate the Hippocratic Oath, the American Medical Association's code of ethics, and state law. The complaint calls for an investigation by metro Atlanta district attorneys into all execution-chamber physicians.

"Doctors should be involved in the healing process, not in taking life."- Gerry Weber, one of the attorneys who filed the complaint

"If an execution is going to be carried out, it's going to be carried out. Our role is to make sure it is to be performed with the least amount of pain and suffering as possible."- Dr. Carlo Musso, an AMA member who has overseen state executions, quoted in the AJC in February

"Pavulon, which is already barred under Georgia law for [euthanizing] animals, is mandated [in Georgia executions] to minimize the body movements and sanitize the process for the audience. ... If certain euthanasia techniques are banned as overly cruel to animals, a doctor should not participate in those same practices used on humans." - From the complaint filed with the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners

"I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect."- From the Hippocratic Oath