AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2000, Volume 2, Number 7.

Ethics Poll

AMA Policy and Capital Punishment

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

At its June 2000 Annual Meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) considered a resolution of the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) about the integrity of the criminal justice system as it applied to capital punishment. The AAPHP resolution states: "The possibility exists that in several states innocent individuals may be executed because medical technology will not be made available in time to prevent their death." The resolution called for the AMA to support Governor Ryan's moratorium. After deliberation, the AMA adopted a substitute resolution that encourages the use of all appropriate medical forensic technologies by the criminal justice system without considering the issue of a national moratorium.

Do you think the AMA should have called for a national moratorium on all executions?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.