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American Medical Association (AMA) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“The American Medical Association is troubled by continuous refusal of many state courts and legislatures to acknowledge the ethical obligations of physicians, which strictly prohibit physician involvement in a legally authorized execution.

The AMA’s policy is clear and unambiguous — requiring physicians to participate in executions violates their oath to protect lives and erodes public confidence in the medical profession. A physician is a member of a profession dedicated to preserving life when there is hope of doing so. The use of a physician’s clinical skill and judgment for purposes other than promoting an individual’s health and welfare undermines a basic ethical foundation of medicine — first, do no harm.”

“AMA: Physician Participation in Lethal Injection Violates Medical Ethics,” Press Release, July 17, 2006


“The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. AMA policy on issues in medicine and public health is decided through its democratic policy-making process, in the AMA House of Delegates.”

“About AMA,” AMA website (accessed May 14, 2008)


“Mission: To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Core Values: (1) Leadership; (2) Excellence; and (3) Integrity and Ethical Behavior. Vision: To be an essential part of the professional life of every physician.”

“About AMA,” AMA website (accessed May 14, 2008)

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