“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.” (Proverbs 5:4-5 NIV)
The New York Times recently reported that judges are putting “up potentially insurmountable roadblocks to the use of lethal injections to execute condemned inmates.” According to the Times, judges are increasingly finding that lethal injections cause condemned criminals to suffer “agonizing executions.” Thus, judges are beginning to insist that medical doctors oversee executions. According to Dr. Jonathan I Groner, a professor of surgery at Ohio State University, the judiciary’s growing insistence that physicians supervise executions by lethal injection will render such executions in the future “difficult, if not impossible to perform.” This, Dr Groner argues, is due to the fact that doctors are prohibited from participating in executions by their Hippocratic Oath and the American Medical Association’s code of ethics.
Can someone explain to me why the Hippocratic Oath and the American Medical Association’s code of ethics prohibit doctors from overseeing the execution of a mass murderer, but not from terminating the lives of unborn children or helping the old and infirm commit suicide? While there is no shortage of doctors willing to perform abortions nor any lack of support for physician assisted suicide in today’s medical profession, doctors willing to oversee the execution of a Zacarias Moussaoui are supposedly as scarce as chicken’s teeth. Why?
How come lethal injections administered in physician assisted suicides produce “peaceful deaths,” but constitute cruel and unusual punishment when administered to a death row inmate? Why do doctors have no problem with the gruesome performance of a partial birth abortion, but balk at putting murderers to sleep and then administering a drug to stop their hearts? I’ll guarantee you that an executed murderer dies a far more humane death than did his victim or victims, not to mention a far more humane death than a partially delivered baby dies when its head is stabbed with scissors so that its brains can be sucked out and its skull collapsed.
Maybe some doctors took a “Hypocritical” Oath instead of the Hippocratic one. How else can you explain their willingness to participate in infanticide and euthanasia, but refusal to oversee the execution of a criminal whose heinous crime clearly demonstrates a total disregard for the sanctity of human life? Perhaps, it is that disregard for the sanctity of human life that leads pro-choice doctors and Dr. Kevorkian wannabes to empathize with condemned death roll inmates. If such is the case, then it’s not hypocrisy; it’s just down right scary.