Death Row Inmates
We should use death row inmates as subjects for medical testing rather than animals
The debate about using death row prisoners as subject for medical testing rather than animals is an interesting topic to discuss. This is because people always give different opinions when human life is involved. There are people who support this while other opposite it. The reasons for supposing this topic is as follow;
The main aim of any medical experiments is develop a cure or vaccines for any pandemic diseases such as tuberculosis, measles or HIV/AIDS. When prisoners are used in this research the speed of developing this vaccines and cure will be fast because the human genetic will give accurate result of how the drug …show more content…
This fact will temper with any medical study done to them because the side effect of the tested drug will be more violent to people using drugs. Therefore, drug abuse and abuse of the body will always be a setback to any medical research. This is why inmate should not be used in medical testing.
Some medical researches are expensive to find a cure and maintain regular check up. For example terminal illness such as cancer, brain tumour and diabetes are very expensive to research on. Therefore, the idea of offering criminals the latest innovation of cancer treatment while non criminals will be deprived because of insufficient fund is not a good idea. This act is like giving criminals gift for what they committed. Also taxpayer are the ones who will be responsible for paying the inmate medical monitoring.
Some death row inmates are there because of mental illness. This act will be same as force people with disability to endure medical experimentation test. Therefore, this act is same as discriminating the mentally ill. This will look in inhumane and violation of human …show more content…
The procedures used in medical testing definitely violets’ most of their prisoners right and deprived them the right to manage their own body. Therefore, this will result in many prisoners committing suicide or attempting risky prison breaks (Karmen, 35). Criminals in the society will be more violet and dangerous because they prefer dying than going to prison.
Using prisoners in medical test instead of animals is a bad idea because it is against the medical ethics. Medical ethic suggest that in order for medical specialist to conduct a medical test, the volunteer or patient should be well informed on the potential benefit or harms the experiment will bring. This act applies to both to general public as well as prisoners (Emanuel, 56). To force anyone to be experimented for medical test project without their informed consent is both immoral and illegal. Therefore, it is an