Recent botched execution in the USA with euthanasia drug highlights the myth of a 'peaceful death'. Wesley Smith writes:
The drugs that are used in lethal injection executions are also used in assisted suicide/euthanasia.
Yet, we are told with regard to the former lethal use, that they cause pain and sufferingâ€“but with the latter use, it is peaceful, calm "death with dignity."
Another execution using lethal injection has gone wrong. From the FNN story:
A so-called botched execution in Arizona is reigniting the debate over the death penalty and how lethal injections are administered. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered a review of the state's execution process after a convicted double murderer gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before his death Wednesday.
Studies have shown that euthanasia and assisted suicide killings can also take much time and cause adverse side effectsâ€“other than death, I meanâ€“such as vomiting and seizures.
But that fact interferes with the death with dignity narrative, while promoting these problems furthers the cruel and unusual punishment meme.
Which is why I calls stories like this, "cruel and unusual death with dignity."