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Sign on letter- Doctors and Lethal Injection

posted Jul 3, 2014, 12:17 PM by GFADP staff

Friends,

We believe that Georgia should not cloak its executions in secrecy, preventing the public from obtaining basic details about the states’ execution processes.  We are disturbed by botched executions that have happened around the country, and are concerned that the lack of transparency in Georgia’s method of procuring compounded pentobarbital used in lethal injection executions makes it impossible for the courts to ensure that executions will be carried out in a humane manner.

For these reasons, we call upon Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly to end the extreme secrecy surrounding Georgia’s death penalty, repeal the Lethal Injection Secrecy Act, and allow transparency and full disclosure into a criminal justice system that requires it.

Please read the letter below and consider signing on.

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Thank you for your support!

With hope,

GFADP


Letter:

As healthcare consumers,

  • We want to make informed decisions about our healthcare;
  • Are entitled to accurate information about our health care professionals;  and
  • Have the right to seek consultation with the physician(s) of our choice and to contract with our physician(s) on mutually agreeable terms.

 

It is our right to ensure that values held by our physician(s) are consistent with our personal beliefs.  As Georgians who are very concerned about the manner in which the death penalty is administered in our state,

 

  • We choose not to patronize any physician who participates in the procurement of lethal injection drugs because such involvement would conflict with our strongly-held morals and values; and
  • We seek to learn whether or not our physician(s) are involved in this practice.

However, the Lethal Injection Secrecy Act of 2013, O.C.G.A. 42-5-36(d), classifies this critical information as a “state secret”, and goes so far to criminalize any person who discloses information about any physician’s role in executions. This clause makes it impossible for us to be able to have a frank, truthful conversation with our physician(s) as disclosing affirmative information would constitute a violation of the law.

Because the Lethal Injection Secrecy Act makes it impossible for Georgians to determine if their physician(s) are involved in lethal injection drug procurement, our most basic freedoms in decision-making regarding our healthcare are being obstructed.

 

We believe that if Georgia is going to have the death penalty, then our state should not cloak its executions in secrecy, preventing the public from obtaining basic details about the states’ execution processes.  We are also disturbed by botched executions that have happened around the country in 2013 and 2014, and are concerned that the lack of transparency in Georgia’s method of procuring compounded pentobarbital used in lethal injection executions makes it impossible for the courts to ensure that executions will be carried out in a humane manner.

 

For these reasons, we call upon Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly to end the extreme secrecy surrounding Georgia’s death penalty, repeal the Lethal Injection Secrecy Act, and allow transparency and full disclosure into a criminal justice system that requires it.

 

Sincerely,

 

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