CHICAGO (AP) -- With new medical technology reshaping the debate over capital punishment, a group of public health physicians hopes the American Medical Association will seek a national moratorium on executions.
The American Association of Public Health Physicians argues all executions should be stopped until questions about the death penalty system -- including the availability of DNA evidence -- are resolved.
''The possibility exists that in several states innocent individuals may be executed because medical technology will not be made available in time to prevent their death,'' says a resolution by the association.
Man set to die in Texas for killing
two female relatives
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Three times the frantic voice on the telephone screamed at the 911 operator: ''Help me!''
The dispatcher at the Whitehouse Police Department then heard a loud noise and a man's voice yelling, ''Hang up the phone.'' The woman moaned and whimpered. The line went dead.
Responding to the call, police found the bodies of two women. The man convicted of their shooting deaths 8 1/2 years ago, Thomas Wayne Mason, 48, is set to die tonight by lethal injection. He would be the 20th Texas inmate executed this year and the first of three set to die this week.
The victims were Mason's former mother-in-law, Marsha Brock, 55, and her 80-year-old mother, Sybil Dennis.
to attract members
CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association is asking doctors to become salespeople to boost its flagging membership.
While it remains America's largest group of doctors, only about a third of the nation's 800,000-plus physicians, medical residents and medical students belong.
Membership, now at 293,695, is down about 2 percent from the end of last year, Dr. E. Ratcliffe Anderson Jr., the AMA's executive vice president, told delegates attending the first day of the annual AMA meeting Sunday.
Membership woes are ''the thousand-pound gorilla in the living room,'' said Anderson, who urged doctors to pressure their colleagues and recruit non-members.
He noted that physicians tend to see themselves as healers rather than salespeople, but said ''that's not enough anymore.''
''Membership must be a prime consideration in everything the AMA does,'' the group's board of trustees said in a report prepared for the meeting.
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