I. Introduction A. Euthanasia should be legal in the United States. II. Body Paragraph One A. What is Euthanasia? What is not Euthanasia? Types of Euthanasia. 1. “Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide (dying) , doctor-assisted dying (suicide) , and more loosely termed mercy killing, basically means to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable (persistent, unstoppable) suffering. Some interpret euthanasia as the practice of ending a life in a painless manner.
Many disagree with this interpretation, because it needs to include a reference to intractable suffering. There are two main classifications of euthanasia: Voluntary euthanasia – this is euthanasia conducted with consent. Since 2009 voluntary euthanasia has been legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the states of Oregon (USA) and Washington (USA). Involuntary euthanasia – euthanasia is conducted without consent. The decision is made by another person because the patient is incapable to doing so himself/herself”(“What is Euthanasia?”)
2. Quote tells definition of euthanasia and tells different types of euthanasia. Important because the reader must know what Euthanasia is to follow paper. B. “Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. “(“Euthanasia”) III. Body Paragraph Two A. Slippery Slope to Legalized Murder 1. “Especially with regard to taking life, slippery slope arguments have long been a feature of the ethical landscape, used to question the moral permissibility of all kinds of acts…
The situation is not unlike that of a doomsday cult that predicts time and again the end of the world, only for followers to discover the next day that things are pretty much as they were… We need the evidence that shows that horrible slope consequences are likely to occur. The mere possibility that such consequences might occur, as noted earlier, does not constitute such evidence. ” (“Should”) 2. Quote explains that legalizing euthanasia may not lead to legalized murder.
B. “In a society as obsessed with the costs of health care and the principle of utility, the dangers of the slippery slope… are far from fantasy.. Assisted suicide is a half-way house, a stop on the way to other forms of direct euthanasia, for example, for incompetent patients by advance directive or suicide in the elderly. So, too, is voluntary euthanasia a half-way house to involuntary and non voluntary euthanasia. If terminating life is a benefit, the reasoning goes, why should euthanasia be limited only to those who can give consent?
Why need we ask for consent? ” (“Should “) IV. Body Paragraph Three A. Right to Die 1. The right of a competent, terminally ill person to avoid excruciating pain and embrace a timely and dignified death bears the sanction of history and is implicit in the concept of ordered liberty. The exercise of this right is as central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity as rights safeguarded by this Court’s decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, procreation, contraception, child rearing and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.
In particular, this Court’s recent decisions concerning the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to abortion instruct that a mentally competent, terminally ill person has a protected liberty interest in choosing to end intolerable suffering by bringing about his or her own death. A state’s categorical ban on physician assistance to suicide — as applied to competent, terminally ill patients who wish to avoid unendurable pain and hasten inevitable death — substantially interferes with this protected liberty interest and cannot be sustained. “(” Should “) 2.
Quote explains that people have the right to die as they wish. B. “The history of the law’s treatment of assisted suicide in this country has been and continues to be one of the rejection of nearly all efforts to permit it. That being the case, our decisions lead us to conclude that the asserted ‘right’ to assistance in committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause. ” (“Should “) V. Conclusion A. Euthanasia should be legalized in the United States because it ends a person’s suffering and gives them the freedom to choose the way they want to die.