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Ethics Code Addresses Executions
Psychiatric News
Volume 41 Number 9 page 9-9

The following are excerpts from the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics regarding physician participation in the death penalty. APA's ethics code calls on APA members to follow the AMA's ethics code.

An individual's opinion on capital punishment is the personal moral decision of the individual. A physician, as a member of a profession dedicated to preserving life when there is hope of doing so, should not be a participant in a legally authorized execution. Physician participation in execution is defined generally as actions that would fall into one or more of the following categories:

The following actions do not constitute physician participation in an execution:

The entire AMA code related to physician roles in capital punishment is posted at<www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/8419.html>.

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