The Right to Die
Introduction: Imagine to have to depend on another to feed, clothe, bathe, and even get you out of bed on a day to day basis. Or even imagine having a chronic and extremely painful illness, would you want to have the right to ask your doctor to end your suffering? Euthanasia” is a broad term for mercy killing—taking the life of a hopelessly ill or injured individual in order to end his or her suffering. Specific propose: To inform my audience about the moral implications of assisted suicide. Kevorkian’s theory stated that death was better than life in some cases, and that morality was flexible in such situations. Central idea: Assisted suicide developed as a way to die with as much dignity as possible. I am going to discuss voluntary medical assisted euthanasia, as utilized by Dr. Kevorkian. I. Kevorkian theory was first used on June 4, 1990 were the result of deeply held opinions on the right-to-die issue. A. 54-year-old Janet Adkins suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease was the first person to have their life ended by his theory in 1990. II. Strengthened by recent court victories Jack Kevorkian and the right-to-die movement are well on their way to making euthanasia as much a part of American life as abortion has become over the past two decades. B. Abortion is legal so what's the difference with wanting assisted help with suicide? C. Jack Kevorkian would like to see clinics that he calls “obitoriums” set up to serve those wanting to commit suicide. III. In a 1988 Medicine and Law article Jack Kevorkian builds on his previous ideas of human experimentation by combining them with his theories on planned death. A. "The Last Fearsome Taboo: Medical Aspects of Planned Death,” Kevorkian explains how with the experimentation you move from “euthanasia” or “good death” into an area called “eutatosthanasia” or “best death.” Conclusion: Whether you support Dr. Kevorkian’s theory all he wanted was for one to be able to go with as much dignity as possible, I’ll leave you with this there is only one certainty in life, and that’s that it will end one day. References
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A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE OF EUTHANASIA?
Most people in North America die what may be called a bad death. One study found that " More often than not, patients died in pain, their desires concerning treatment neglected, after spending 10 days or more in an intensive care unit." The word Euthanasia originated from the Greek language: eu means "good" and thanatos means "death". One meaning given to the word is " the intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who dies." That is, the term euthanasia normally implies that the act must be initiated by the person who wishes to commit suicide. However, some people define euthanasia to include both voluntary and involuntary termination of life. Like so many moral/ethical/religious terms, "euthanasia" has many meanings. The result is mass confusion. It is important to differentiate among a number of vaguely related terms: Passive Euthanasia : Hastening the death of a person by altering some form of support and letting nature take its course. For example: Removing life support equipment (e.g. turning off a respirator) or Stopping medical procedures, medications etc., or
Stopping food and water...