Medicine and Law Essay

1065 Words Mar 30th, 2014 5 Pages
On February 11, 2003, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Arkansas could force death row prisoner Charles Laverne Singleton to take antipsychotic drugs to make him sane enough to execute. Singleton was to be executed for felony capital murder but became insane while in prison. "Medicine is supposed to heal people, not prepare them for execution; a law that asks doctors to make people well so that the government can kill them is an absurd law," said David Kaczynski, the executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty .
There are many arguments in this passage. The first argument is this passage is “medicine is supposed to heal people, not prepare them for execution”. The premise is “medicine is supposed
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There are many arguments in this passage. The first argument is this passage is “medicine is supposed to heal people, not prepare them for execution”. The premise is “medicine is supposed to heal people, not prepare them for execution” and the conclusion is “medicine shouldn’t kill people”. The second argument in this passage is “a law that asks doctors to make people well so that the government can kill them in an absurd law”. The premise is “a law that asks doctors to make people well to kill them” and the conclusion is “the law is absurd”.
This passage depicts many issues occurring in America today. Although, the prisoner Charles Laverne Singleton was convicted to the death penalty, using doctors and medicine to execute him is wrong. Medicine was created to heal people from disease and prevent illness. Doctors became physicians to support people, save lives, and educate individuals to increase their quality of life. When doctors graduated from medical school they took an oath to help save lives. Participating in an execution goes against the laws medical ethics and everything a physician stands for. Arguments for this passageway may include the amount of money it takes to keep the prisoner in jail, lethal injection is a less violent way of execution, and a doctor is the most qualified person to give a lethal injection. Although, keeping convicts in jail costs a lot of

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