The Fallacies of O'Shea's Argument against Euthanasia Essay

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Assisted Suicide
The concept of assisted suicide for the terminally ill, as it is now, is subjected to tremendous controversy. Many people believe that it is morally wrong to commit suicide. As such, in a response to an article in The Seattle Times on euthanasia, Reverend Susan J. O’Shea argues that we should not have euthanasia because it is murder. Reverend O’Shea’s argument starts off with her own personal reasons on why she does not support euthanasia. Then, she focuses on the idea that many of the reasons why people would want to commit assisted suicide are solely cultural, not medical. On the contrary, her argument is logically wrong, in a sense. The problem with this is that her argument is comprised of several fallacies, where some
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Her premises also do not provide substantial evidence to support her conclusion, and she ignores the psychological issues a patient faces and the laws in place that surrounds the process of euthanasia.
First and foremost, there are hidden assumptions O’Shea made in her argument that are worth paying attention to. When the author argues that she does not want people who do not have the coping skills to make life-and-death decisions for her, she assumes that those who are making the decision to euthanize her lack the coping skills she speaks of. She also assumes that when those who think of suicide when they are disabled are adjusting to their disability, rather than considering it to be a psychological problem. O’Shea makes another assumption when she argues that assisted suicide has more to do with one’s inability to manage their misery and despair. She assumes that those who choose to have assisted suicide are those who cannot cope with the psychological factors that are involved like depression. Finally, O’Shea assumes if the loss of control is the issue, then it is due to the fact that we would rather die than to trust others to take care of us. Some may argue that these assumptions are not the case, as the author would have most likely experienced them first-hand as a person with a chronic illness. That would not be the case, however, as there is nothing in the argument…

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