Persuasive Speech : Physician Assisted Suicide

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Cheyenne Jamison
Persuasive Speech Outline
Topic: Physician Assisted Suicide
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to favor the legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide.
Thesis: Physician Assisted Suicide is sometimes misunderstood due to how it is termed, but this is something that needs to be deeply evaluated and legalized in all 50 states.
I. Introduction:
A. Attention Material/Credibility Material: The John Hopkins News-Letter said in 2014 “What would you do if you only had a month to live? This hypothetical question for most healthy individuals is the unfortunate reality for many terminally ill patients. Death is as inevitable for those who are healthy as a horse as it is for those battling incurable diseases; the
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b. John Frank quotes the American Medical Association saying “Allowing physician assisted suicide would cause more harm than good. Physician- assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks” (Frank, 36).
i. I personally disagree with the American Medical Associations statement about physician assisted suicide. I believe that a physician’s role is to help a patient to the best of their ability, which also means to do all they can to relieve a patient’s pain and suffering. ii. As the John Hopkins News-Letter states “we sometimes forget that death can also mean the end of suffering, or the ultimate source of closure” (News-Letter, 1).
Transition: Now that we have talked about what physician assisted suicide is I will go on to talk about where it is legalized.
B. Physician assisted suicide is legalized in a small amount of U.S. states, but there are many states that are working on getting it legalized.
1. Physician assisted suicide was legalized in Oregon in 1995, being the first U.S. state to legalize physician assisted suicide (Quill, Timothy & Sussman, Bernard).
a. Since the legalization of physician assisted suicide in Oregon 4 other U.S. states have legalized physician assisted suicide (Carter, 2015).
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