Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Speaking of a "Death Panel": Supreme Court Denies Stay of Execution, Sotomayor and 3 Others Dissent

Some conservatives have maligned the inclusion of voluntary end-of-life counseling in proposed healtchare reform, asserting that the provision would create a governmental "death panel" empowered to decide who lives or dies. But governmental death panels already exist in this country, and they decide who lives or dies quite frequently -- with strong support from conservatives.

On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to deny a stay of execution for Jason Getsy whom the State of Ohio will intentionally kill (more honest than "execute") today at 10:30am. The four dissenters included liberals Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Stevens and Breyer. The five conservatives -- Scalia, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy -- voted against the stay.

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