Tag: law

Blog Posts (22)

October 28, 2008

And You Thought Electric Chairs Were Cruel and Inhuman

Oxford University’s Practical Bioethics Blog informs us that the tools of eugenics are alive and well in Europe–but for an entirely new reason all together.…

September 23, 2008

Getting Off Easy

According to a study published in the journal Pain Medicine as reported in the NYT, approximately 0.1 percent of pain physicians ever face punishment or sanction for prescribing narcotics.…

January 24, 2008

Doctors and the death penalty

What role, if any, should doctors have in executions? That’s the focus of an editorial in this week’s NEJM by Gregory D.

October 31, 2007

An update on the lethal injection question

Just 15 minutes before a man in Mississippi was set to be executed last night, the Supreme Court issued a stay.…

October 23, 2007

Frozen embryos get some colorful representation in court

Via Art Caplan and BioEdge comes this item by Wired’s Kristen Philipkoski about a lawyer who has filed suit on behalf of a frozen embryo.…

October 18, 2007

Is lethal injection cruel and unusual punishment?

The Supreme Court issued a stay of execution yesterday for a man on death row in Virginia. Analysts are calling the court’s action a de-facto moratorium on lethal injection, which is the method of execution used in all but one of the states with the death penalty.…

October 17, 2007

"You can't punish an ailment"

The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader is running a package of stories this week about one woman’s experience working her way through drug court, a program aimed at keeping addicts out of jail by providing counseling, frequent testing and structure.…

September 19, 2007

New report: UK needs better guidelines for its forensic DNA database

The report is from the Nuffield Council and it calls for a number of changes to the way law enforcement agencies in the UK handle genetic information.…

September 6, 2007

UK approves human-animal embryos

After what it calls “a series of detailed deliberative sessions”, Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority gave the go ahead Wednesday for the creation of embryos that would contain both human and animal cells.…

September 4, 2007

Setback for terminally ill patients seeking experimental drugs

By Alicia Ouellette

The Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs suffered a major (and perhaps fatal) setback in its battle to establish for terminally ill patients a constitutional right of access to experimental drugs.…