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Ethical Directives/Opinions

 

7-5 Participation in Death Penalty Cases by Catholic Physicians and Other Health Care Workers

BE IT RESOLVED,
as Catholic physicians, pharmacists, technicians and health care professionals, we cannot participate
in an execution directly by recommending the mode of execution, prescribing tranquilizers for the execution,
selecting the lethal drug and dose, providing intravenous access, performing the lethal injection, or monitoring
vital signs during the execution and declaring the person dead.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED,
we Catholic physicians and health care professionals cannot participate indirectly in an execution by supervising
another individual mixing and performing the lethal injection or providing consultation on the protocol to be followed. (2017)