General Purpose: To Persuade
Specific Purpose: I want to persuade my audience to be against euthanasia. Thesis: Legalizing Euthanasia
In Hippocratic Oath, Hippocrates as a father of medicine swears, “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan” (National Library of Medicine, p. 6). In other words, Hippocrates was against euthanasia. According to the Dictionary.com the definition of euthanasia is “the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially painful, disease or condition” (Dictionary.com, p.1). It is also called a mercy killing, some people think that this is a good decision and some don’t. I personally, believe that this is not right; an individual should go into the afterlife naturally. 1. On one side there are people that justify this act as helping a terminally ill individual end his/her sufferings. For example, when an individual was in a house fire and burnt sixty percent of his skin and is going to die but he chooses euthanasia in order to stop the pain. In that case he will die eventually and there are many painkillers that can soothe his pain and help him spend more time with his family. Another case is when a person has been in vegetative state for a long time and eventually the relatives decide to turn the machines off and let the individual die. This is a very sensitive case because if a person didn’t want to die but didn’t have a living will, legally their spouse can pull the plugs off even if the person’s parents would be against it. And let’s not forget that technically if a brain shows a minimum of activity, the person is still considered alive. I consider turning off the machine is same as giving up on a person. 2. On the other side, there are people that are against it, including me, I consider it as manslaughter, even though an ill person is...