Medical professionals’ consciences

Update on the Troy Anthony Davis case: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce tomorrow whether it will hear Davis’ appeal.

In his blogging on the Davis case, Dave wrote that the state of Georgia pays a private company called Rainbow Medical thousands of dollars to provide doctors and nurses for executions.

With all the debate lately about whether medical professionals have a right to refuse to participate in procedures they consider immoral, I note that the state of Georgia has to contract its executions out because the doctors and nurses in its employ refused to participate in executions. Good for them.

5 thoughts on “Medical professionals’ consciences

  1. So what do you all think of the proposed HHS regulations?

    I think conscientious objection to abortion should be allowed, just like to war…but beyond matters of life and death…does a health worker only treat clients whose behaviors one agrees with 100%?

  2. So it seems the Supreme Court has rejected his appeal, I think the only option left would be for Bush to grant clemency which I find unlikely :/.

  3. Actually, he recently tried to stop the execution of José Medellín. It was an odd case, in that Bush was working against the death penalty and in favor of international law taking primacy over the actions of a U.S. state, neither one of which is a position he is accustomed to. I’ll be lazy and link to the wikipedia summary:


    Medellín was executed two months ago.

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