Friday, July 25, 2014

Capital Punishment, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.

This article was written by Wesley Smith and published on his blog on July 24 under the title: Another Cruel and Unusual Death with Dignity.

By Wesley Smith

The drugs that are used in lethal injection executions are also used in assisted suicide/euthanasia.

Yet, we are told with regard to the former lethal use, that they cause pain and suffering–but with the latter use, it is peaceful, calm “death with dignity.”

Another execution using lethal injection has gone wrong. From the FNN story:
A so-called botched execution in Arizona is reigniting the debate over the death penalty and how lethal injections are administered. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered a review of the state’s execution process after a convicted double murderer gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before his death Wednesday.
Studies have shown that euthanasia and assisted suicide killings can also take much time and cause adverse side effects – other than death, I mean–such as vomiting and seizures.

But that fact interferes with the death with dignity narrative, while promoting these problems furthers the cruel and unusual punishment meme.

Which is why I calls stories like this, “cruel and unusual death with dignity.”


anna said...

Cruel and unusual death with dignity compares lethal injections used in capital punishment executions to the methods used for assisted suicide and euthanasia and tells us these are the same drugs. I know that to be true but because the Euthanasia and Assisted suicide laws forbid physicians to perofrm such precedures the way they do it now, against the patient's wishes and against the family's will is to provoke death using these drugs in small doses causing the patient to suffer just the same and causing deatyh in slow motion. My fathyer grasped for air and was in agony and pain caused by the narcotics used to suffocate him for at least 12 hours. That is a lot more cruel than the death caused to the man in Arizona. I was forced to witness this horrible death and I was told after he died in agony and with no help for the asphyxiation they caused him that at least I ought to be greatful that he had a peaceful death. They sure lie you in the face and have absolutely no compassion. Diana Ford

Alex Schadenberg said...

I am sorry to read about the horrible death of your father, but in your father's case they were killing your dad in such a way as to make it look like they didn't kill him.