N.C. court overturns ban on doctor participation in executions


Deborah Denno comments in American Medical News on the North Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling against the state medical board’s policy that threatened disciplinary action against physicians who took an active role in executions.

The North Carolina high court’s decision could further discourage other medical boards from disciplining doctors who participate in executions. “States always follow what other states are doing, and I think a decision like this would have an impact elsewhere,” Denno said. “Most of these medical boards have been very passive. … What gets them involved is if there’s bad publicity for the medical profession in some way.”

Read the entire American Medical News article.


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