Demand Stay of Execution So Inmate May Donate Kidney


Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich

Goal: Demand stay of condemned man’s execution so he can donate a kidney to his sick mother

Ronald Phillips was condemned to death in 1993 for the rape and murder of his then-girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter. His crime was incredibly heinous and he absolutely deserves punishment, but now death and destruction is begetting more death and destruction, as Phillips is being denied a stay of execution that was originally granted to him so he could donate his kidneys to his sick mother before he is killed by the state.

By law, a condemned prisoner must meet a certain standard of health to be executed, a somewhat counter-intuitive measure to ensure that the government is not causing undue pain or harm during an execution. Phillips would not meet that standard if he were to donate his kidney because his body would not be healed in time for his execution date. These absurd, convoluted, Kakfe-esque measures are the logical consequence of a government that kills its own citizens for their crimes instead of rehabilitating them and making them useful to society. When our practices are gruesome, we must deal with the gruesome and uncomfortable logistics of death and its effect on the living.

Moreover, Phillips is being executed in July with an untested cocktail of drugs that prison doctors were forced to throw together when the Danish manufacturer of the usual execution drug, pentobarbital, refused to continue to sell it for use in executions. The drug’s primary use is to aid in convulsions and as a pre-anesthetic. The new, untested poisons will make Phillips’ organs unviable for transplant after his death, essentially condemning his mother as well.

Please sign this petition to urge Ohio Governor John Kasich to stay Ronald Phillips’ execution so he can donate his kidneys to his mother, and to reject the barbaric practice of state execution in general.


Dear Governor John Kasich,

In refusing to stay the execution of Ronald Phillips any longer so that he can donate his kidney to his sick mother as the final act of his life, you have somehow managed to make the already despicable and barbaric practice of death by state execution even more barbaric and despicable. In your state, brutal and violent acts are met with more brutality and violence, and in this case one of the victims of the government’s brutality is a sick mother.

The concerns surrounding this inmate’s specific date of death are absurd and convoluted, and the ethics of executing a body in recovery raise questions about the ethics of executing a human body at all. There is no certainty whatsoever that Phillips’ execution will not be botched and therefore lead to his torture, compounded by the fact that he is being executed with untested drugs. You have no qualms about executing a man with an untested drug cocktail, but with executing a man in recovery from an operation that could extend his mother’s life.

Please grant Ronald Phillips a stay of execution so he can donate his kidney to his mother, and please end the inhumane practice of execution in your state.


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Photo Credit: California Department of Corrections via Wikimedia Commons

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