State Anesthesiologist Group Warns Against Aiding Executions

AUGUST 11, 2006 - Posted at 8:29 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists is encouraging its members not to participate in executions.

The association recently sent a letter out to all 805 of its members echoing the opposition to aiding executions first expressed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

The letters are in response to a federal court ruling that put Missouri's executions on hold until the state can come up with a way to ensure its lethal injections pose no risk of unnecessary pain and suffering.

The judge's ruling said anesthesiologists should play a central role in carrying out executions.

But the state has been unable to find any anesthesiologists willing to participate.

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