Healing-Killing Conflicts: Medical Ethics and the Death Penalty
Bonnie, Richard J.
Hastings Center Report. 1990 May/Jun; 20(3): 12-18.
Moral opposition by medical professionals to participation in the process of sentencing for capital crimes, including refusals to provide medical treatment, may compromise the integrity of the legal process...It is not often recognized that one of the "costs" of our system of capital punishment is the emotional burden carried by those who administer the process, including judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals...However, those who participate in the process should not be expected to surrender their professional dignity, or their conscience, in the service of the law.
Advance Directives; Autonomy; Capital Punishment; Competence; Conscience; Death; Diagnosis; Death Penalty; Ethics; Expert Testimony; Forensic Psychiatry; Health; Killing; Law; Lawyers; Medical Ethics; Mental Health; Paternalism; Patient Care; Physician's Role; Prisoners; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Psychiatry; Psychology; Psychotherapy; Punishment; Treatment Refusal;
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