Originally posted by StretchUSAF
Which brings up a question I've been trying to figuire out for a long time...
Why do they sterilize the needle used for lethal injection????? MAKES NO SENSE!!
Okay, I admit I think this is pretty strange as well. Are we sure they do, or is this an urban legend? Strange either way, but not really the point of
OP, you knew this was gonna be controversial, and I applaud you for your willingness to float an idea even if it would upset some.
I am in complete and utter disagreement with the idea of using prisoners as test subjects in any case in which they would not be test subjects if they
In other words, if a prisoner is diagnosed with cancer, I think they should have the right to apply to participate in ongoing treatment
I think it would be wrong to offer prisoners the opportunity to participate "voluntarily" in other chemical testing (I also think it's wrong to use
the homeless or addicts in such tests). Why? because they are in a non-free environment where the possibility of being forced to participate against
their own best long-term interest is far too high. There are just too many opportunities for abuse in the prison system to trust that prisoners would
be treated humanely, would be adequately educated about the dangers, and would not face either punishment for failure to agree to testing or unethical
pressure to agree to testing.
I can't begin to see how it would be okay to use prisoners as mandatory test subjects. Yes, some of them have committed terrible acts and may not
deserve humane treatment.
But I deserve to live in a humane society. We are not the scum of the earth, and should not degrade our fellow humans the way they have degraded
others. We are better than that.
I can't accept in any way the argument that it would be financially responsible to use humans this way – human life, health, and dignity should not
be measured in money. In the case of reparations for harm done (e.g. medical malpractice), this is the only possible way to recompense a victim for
what they have already lost. But it would not be acceptable for a drug company to start offering payouts to people for, for example, being exposed to
HIV so that they could become test subjects.
There are also big practical problems with this suggestion. One reason that lab animals are used is that they can be killed and dissected before their
natural life has run its course. Another is that effects can be tracked into future generations. They can be genetically modified to test specific
cases. And so on.
In other words, many if not most of the medical uses of lab animals would be impossible to replicate on prisoners, whose background, health history,
activity, etcetera, are uncontrolled.
But really, for me, what it comes down to is: I despise these people for dehumanizing others. If I dehumanize them, how can I not despise myself?