Ban Use of Cruel Execution Method

Target: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

Goal: Ban the use of cruel drug in lethal injection

Arizona and Oklahoma have put lethal injection drugs on hold after they caused inmates to gasp for up two hours before death. Both states just decided to continue the use of the drugs, although they can cause an extremely cruel and long execution process. The death penalty in itself is a controversial issue, but making the process long and painful is unquestionably unnecessary and cruel. Please demand that this drug be banned immediately so no more inmates have to go through this inhumane process.

The drug used in Oklahoma, midozolam, is not considered to be a true general anesthetic because it allows awareness and therefore the inmate might still feel pain. Anesthesiologists have called the use of the drug “uncharted territory” and one expert said that “States literally have no idea what they’re doing to these people.” The drug is currently planned to be used in four upcoming executions. Please join us in trying to prevent this cruel method from being inflicted upon any more inmates sentenced to death.


Dear Governor Fallin,

I recently learned that Oklahoma decided to continue using midozolam in lethal injection executions, despite cases where the drug caused inmates to gasp for as long as two hours. This unnecessary cruel process should be avoided at all costs, and using a drug on inmates without completely understanding its implications is unethical. Please ban the use of midozolam immediately and prevent abuse of any more inmates before their death.

The use of this drug has been questioned by experts, and no one truly knows what inmates go through when it is used. It is also not considered a true general anesthetic because it allows awareness, making it unclear whether inmates can feel pain when it is used. This is not the kind of risk you should take with someone’s final seconds (or hours, in some cases) in this world. If you are going to use the death penalty, it should be the state’s responsibility to make sure it is completely painless, otherwise you are guilty of torturing inmates.

Please address this issue immediately before any more inmates are subjected to this torture.


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