Texas and other states which employ capital punishment are struggling to obtain the drugs needed for lethal injections. Progressive (and benevolent) European-based drug manufacturers have banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs in executions, a move that should be applauded.
Death penalty states are now experimenting with new drug cocktails for the state-sanctioned murders, with varied results; a Florida man recently took twice as long to die as he should have.
Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, has said that using untested drugs amounts to experimentation on human beings, and violates ethical obligations.
I think the death penalty itself violates our ethical obligations as human beings. State-sanctioned murder should not be tolerated anywhere, for any reason.
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