SPEECH OUTLINE (Persuasive Speech) Title : Euthanasia: To live and let die. Specific purpose : To persuade my audience that euthanasia should be legalized in Malaysia. Central idea
Marysol Martinez Ms. Elliott AP English/2P 23 January 2017 Assisted Suicide Rough Draft Assisted suicide is an ethical topic that has sparked up many controversies. Individuals have heated disputes on whether or not patients who are suffering should have the right to die. Some worry that legalizing euthanasia is irrational and would violate some religions, while others argue that it provides a peaceful death towards terminally ill patients who are suffering from pain. Physician-assisted suicide is a contentious matter, in which there are many positive and negative aspects, whether or not it should be committed is a complex decision.
Though one is not a supporter of euthanasia and/or assisted suicide, circumstances can easily influence the choice to undertake. However, one should not advocate or condone assisted suicide just because a patient feels they should die. The option of assisted suicide (Physician Assisted Suicide) should be left for terminally ill patients, whose death is expected to be slow and painful both to the patient and family around them.
The recent case of a woman, Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life before she experienced the severe side effects of Glioblastoma has sparked a debate on whether Physician Assisted Suicide should be made legal in all fifty states. Some people believe that Physician Assisted Suicide violates the Hippocratic Oath, gives a doctor too much power, or leaves vulnerable groups at risk. Others feel that Physician Assisted Suicide will benefit the terminally ill. Physician Assisted Suicide will benefit the terminally ill by offering the option to cease their pain and suffering with a painless medication prescribed by a physician when they feel their quality of life has diminished, and is no longer worth living. With this option available, people can exercise their rights over their body and life, die with a sense of dignity, make organs available to patients who need them if it were legal, and it removes the physician from the death directly leaving it to be a personal exit to one’s life.
The story of Brittany Maynard continues to sweep the nation and has sparked a highly controversial debate concerning the legality and ethicality of assisting in one’s death. When twenty-nine year old Maynard was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and given less than six months to live, she made the difficult decision to
Should-Physician Assisted Suicide Be Legal In Every State When it comes to the topic of, should physician-assisted suicide be legal in every state, most of us will readily agree that it should be up to a terminally ill person to make that decision. Whereas some are convinced that it is inhumane,
Today, six states in the Unites States have legalized physician assisted suicide. Even though the Court concluded that there is no constitutional right to die in June of 1977, judges did not forbid states from passing laws that could enact a constitutional right to die (Lachman 1). Cases, such as the Brittany Maynard case, have led to the legalization of physician assisted suicide in some states. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with a rapidly growing brain tumor. At that time California had not legalized physician assisted suicide, so she moved to Oregon to take the physician described medication. Maynard was applauded for her courage and sensibility. This case lead to the belief that every terminally ill patient’s death is agonizing. In addition,
Allowing terminally ill, patients facing imminent death and people in excruciating pain the right to end life relieves the suffering and pain they are experiencing. These people with incurable diseases and conditions do not want to live the last days of life in a hospital room in immense pain, attached to tubes and machines that are the difference between life and death. Many people do not understand the perspective from a patient's point of view unless, they are in this situation, in the unbearable pain that makes each day painful. This was the case for Brittany Maynard, a twenty nine year old woman who was diagnosed with glioblastoma. She was told that she only had six months to live because of her terrible tumor, there is no cure for her disease and she new she would die. The best option for her situation seemed to be assisted suicide. Brittany and her husband moved to Oregon, which is one of the few states that has legalized assisted suicide in order to pursue her wish of ending her life. According to Brittany “I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying." Being able to have a choice and dignity does not make patients weak and does not mean that they are giving up, it simply means they do not want to remember life to be painful and have their family members have this as their last
“I am not suicidal. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms,” wrote Brittany Maynard. Brittany is a 29-year-old girl, who was diagnosed in April with stage 4 globlastoma – a malignant brain tumour – and quickly
J. Gay Williams attempts to prove the wrongfulness of euthanasia with three separate arguments. The topic of my paper relates to his first argument--the argument from nature. J. Gay Williams (1992) tries to show that euthanasia is naturally wrong, but there are good reasons to believe that his argument is
At the young age of 29, Brittany Maynard had decided to end her life. She was happily married for about a year, but was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer (Maynard). She had gone through many medical treatments, but they were not enough to cure her, and her life was slowly dwindling apart. As she was living in constant pain and had frequent visits to hospitals, she reached the conclusion that there was no way she was going to live, and had carefully decided with her family that she wanted to pass away with her dignity intact by assisted suicide (Maynard). Physician assisted suicide is when a terminally ill patient is aided by a physician that prescribes drugs to help the patient end their own life. The arguments on both sides of this controversial
Euthanasia or “Doctor Assisted Suicide (DSA) ” is the practice of ending ones life intentionally with medical assistance. Euthanasia is categorized in 3 different ways, these are; non-voluntary, voluntary and involuntary practice. The only one of these three that is completely illegal in all countries is “non-voluntary euthanasia” which is
People have different perspectives and views on Euthanasia or Physician-assisted suicide and how they should or should not be legal. In some cases people feel as if the patient who are suffering from a terminal painful disease should have the right to commit suicide in other cases people feel as
Brittany Maynard was 29 when she was diagnosed with a malignant terminal brain tumor. Her doctor gave her six months to live. She had the option to undergo full body radiation treatment that would have lengthened her life but would have left her in constant pain while she withered away. She consciously made the decision that she wished to die on her own terms and moved from California to Oregon where physician-assisted suicide has been legalized. In the early morning hours of a chilly November morning, Brittany took a cocktail of drugs prescribed by her physician. She was surrounded by those she loved and died with the dignity that she wanted. Human euthanasia, although controversial, is a humane way to end a person's life, it can be administered voluntary, involuntarily, or passively.
As patients come closer to the end of their lives, certain organs stop performing as well as they use to. People are unable to do simple tasks like putting on clothes, going to the restroom without assistance, eat on our own, and sometimes even breathe without the help of a machine. Needing to depend on someone for everything suddenly brings feelings of helplessness much like an infant feels. It is easy to see why some patients with terminal illnesses would seek any type of relief from this hardship, even if that relief is suicide. Euthanasia or assisted suicide is where a physician would give a patient an aid in dying. “Assisted suicide is a controversial medical and ethical issue based on the question of whether, in certain situations,