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LEGALIZATION OF

PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE

AJ Jewitt

Grade Seven

Mrs. Mock

Wednesday, November 22, 2000

I. Beginning

A. Whose life is it, anyway? These were the words of the late Sue Rodrigues, a

high-profile, terminally-ill resident of British Columbia, Canada, who suffered

from ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). She was helped to commit suicide by a

physician in violation of Canadian Law.

B. 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 the intensive care unit.

C. I believe that because so many people are dying so painfully, there are more reasons

or physician-assisted suicide to be legal than not.

II. Middle

A. Physician-Assisted Suicide is:

1. a form of euthanasia in which a doctor gives access to a person the means to kill him

or herself

B. A Physician is:

1. a doctor

C. Steps in the process and methods of Physician-Assisted Suicide

1. There are three ways:

a. One method is Dr. Jack Kevorkians Suicide Machine. In this process,

the patient must first activate it by pushing a button. Then, three solutions

are injected in order; first, a harmless saline, then, a sleep-inducing

ative, and finally the lethal drug.

b. Another is with the face mask. The patient wears the face mask and

then carbon monoxide is pumped through which poisons the patient.

c. The third is plastic bag suffocation.

D. Physician-Assisted Suicide is necessary :

1. to give people who dont want to live, a peaceful way to die

2. not only for the terminally ill, but also the chronically ill, elderly, depressed, or

disabled people

E. Preventing Physician-Assisted Suicide from being legal is :

1. many different things including the beliefs a religion has about it although

some do think it is O.K.

2. the answering arguments from those who are opposed. In these, similar

answers to …in Holland, 63 % of all deaths with the withdrawing of life support

were executed without consent,.

F. Physician-Assisted Suicide is legal in:

1. Columbia

2. Japan

3. the Netherlands

4. the state of Oregon

a. Oregon is the only US state where any form of euthanasia is legal. This

is because of Oregons Death with Dignity Act which became effective

on October 27, 1997.

G. People wish to have Physician-Assisted Suicide legal because:

1. There are three reasons why euthanasia should be legal: it is a question of

dignity, it is the solution for a person that will die soon, & it is the choice of the

patient.

2. Jack: Well have you ever thought about the fact that some people dont want

that their pain managed in hospices? What if they dont want to be drugged so

much that they are unconscious for a long time until they die? If they think that

they would rather die with dignity, then euthanasia should be allowed. Another

thing is, what if they dont have a medical care plan for such treatment?. That

was from a mock argument that shows why euthanasia is such a controversial

issue.

H. Pro and Con Statistics

1. 57 % pro

38 % con

2. 53.7 % pro

38.3 % con

8.0 % dont know

I. Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide:

1. has been attempted before but I have found no record of this at all

J. Tools used in the process are:

1. Dr. Jack Kevorkians Suicide Machine, self-administered carbon

monoxide mask, and a plastic bag

2. chemicals used in the Suicide Machine such as sleep-inducing sedatives,

salines, and lethal drugs and in the face mask suffocation, carbon monoxide

K. The amount of people killed by Physician-Assisted Suicide is:

1. in the Netherlands

a. 400 of the cases were physician-assisted

b. 2300 of the cases were when doctors killed upon request

c. 1040 of the cases doctors had actively killed without the patients

knowledge or consent ( murder)

d. 4941 of the cases doctors had injected lethal doses of morphine without

the patients explicit consent

III. Conclusion

A. Physician-Assisted Suicide must be legalized for humane purposes because too

many people die in pain

B. So, lets make it so Physician-Assisted Suicide can become legal to end

suffering from painful illnesses.

Whose life is it, anyway? (Robinson 1). These were the words of Sue Rodrigues, a

high-profile resident of British Columbia, Canada. She was terminally-ill and suffered from

ALS also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease. She

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