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WMA says doctors must not prescribe drugs for execution

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 19 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7076
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The World Medical Association has strengthened its opposition to doctors’ involvement in capital punishment by passing a resolution at its general assembly in Bangkok that “physicians will not facilitate the importation or prescription of drugs for execution.”1

The resolution also reaffirmed the association’s previous statement that “it is unethical for physicians to participate in capital punishment in any way or during any step of the execution process, including its planning and the instruction and/or training of persons to perform execution.”

The WMA, which met from 10 to13 October, also resolved to reaffirm the statements in its declaration of Geneva that doctors “will maintain …

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