It is unlikely to derail activists, but the
drug of choice for assisted suicide activists is being described as
“untested,
[and] potentially dangerous, and could well result in a torturous
execution” of
an Oklahoma man on death row. The state has run out of thiopental
sodium, which
is used for lethal injections in the US. Hence it want to use
pentobarbital –
also known as Nembutal – which is used for putting down animals. But
John David
Duty’s lawyers claim that this could constitute cruel and unusual
punishment. It
may not thoroughly anaesthetise prisoners and may cause them severe
pain.  

This puts an interesting twist on
euthanasia rhetoric. “I wouldn’t let a dog suffer like that” is a
familiar
argument for assisted suicide activists like Philip Nitschke, of Exit
International, or Ludwig Minelli, of Dignitas. So they offer their
clients Nembutal.
Now, however, it turns out, Nembutal might make you suffer like the
proverbial dog.
~ Wall
Street
Journal, Nov 9

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet.