death_penaltyRALEIGH—A proposal has been advanced in the state House that aims to fix one obstacle which has prevented the death penalty from being carried out in North Carolina.

At issue is the American Medical Association’s ethics opinion that says a doctor cannot participate in a legally authorized execution. Under the bill, it says that a medical professional other than a doctor could monitor a lethal injection.

The bill sponsor says that would be a similar protocol to a regular visit to a doctor’s office.

“Have your physical, you find someone taking blood other than a doctor. There will be a doctor there to pronounce a person dead after the execution takes place. But that is the reason. It is really an administrative fact of inserting a needle into a vein,” said Rep. Leo Daughtry, a Johnston County Republican.

This bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

– Loretta Boniti