No To Euthanasia Should Not Be Legal
I. Euthanasia should stay illegal because it could lead to involuntary euthanasia, it is not considered a financial problem, and the killing of infants is inhumane.
a. I am here today to convince you that Euthanasia should not be legal.
b. Euthanasia originally meant “good death,” but now it means a death free to any anxiety or pain, also known as “mercy killing” which is deliberately killing someone (What is Euthanasia?)
c. Even though euthanasia is illegal in the U.S, there are exceptions. Currently, Oregon allows euthanasia for severely ill patients. If you did not know, Brittany Maynard, a woman with terminal brain cancer recently traveled from California to Oregon to “Die with Dignity.” With all the troubles and procedures …show more content…
For example, Britany Maynard, as stated above, had stage III terminal brain cancer and was in so much physical pain each day that she wanted to be euthanized so she could be put out of that pain. (Ethos)
b. In Belgium and Holland, euthanasia has been legal for 20 years and has helped thousands (Has Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia in Belgium and Holland Created a Slippery Slope to Involuntary Euthanasia?)
III. Changing euthanasia laws could endanger more people than it could help, because it could open up gateways for different possibilities. (Logos)
a. If euthanasia becomes legal it can lead to involuntary euthanasia, which is when you don’t have a say in wither you want to die or not, the doctor makes the decision for you, and who are we to decide who should live and who should die? It becomes murder (Has Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia in Belgium and Holland Created a Slippery Slope to Involuntary Euthanasia?)
b. Also, once killing is allowed as a solution for one problem, the next thing you know, it will be seen as the solution for hundreds of problems. Overtime, we will accept the killing of chronically ill, depressed patients, children, and ultimately healthy patients who have the possibility of becoming ill. (Has Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia in Belgium and Holland Created a Slippery Slope to Involuntary …show more content…
If euthanasia becomes legal, it will not only lead to involuntary euthanasia, but possibly even be accepted for infants.
a. Proponents for euthanasia cover a wide spectrum of ideology. For example, Peter Singer, a philosopher, believes that people with disabilities have lives that are not worth living because they are not sentient beings (Is Euthanasia Acceptable for Severely Ill Infants?)
b. Singer would like to give parents the option to kill their disabled baby, so they can go and have another child to take the place the defective baby. So, parents that do not want to deal with raising a disabled child, will have their baby or young child euthanized.
c. I know from experience that disabled children are sentient beings because my step brother has down syndrome and honestly, he is the happiest person I know and to sit there and say that disabled people don’t feel emotions is sickening because who are you to decide that, “Yeah, that boy may be smiling, but on the inside he feels nothing and wants to die because he is the one with the disability,” we are all human and feel emotions, disabled or not. (Personal