Essay Persuasive Speech: Euthanasia

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(Persuasive Speech)

Title : Euthanasia: To live and let die.

Specific purpose : To persuade my audience that euthanasia should be legalized in Malaysia.

Central idea : Euthanasia is about giving people the right to choose how they want to live and die, saves money in medical bills, and it also stops the person from having a bad quality of life.

Attention getter :

Imagine yourself being unable to walk, unable to see, and can barely breathe let alone speak. Your life was well lived all those years before. You are now in such unbearable pain that you can’t even cry. You can no longer complete simple tasks on your own and there is no way that you
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The high cost of medical care can cause financial problems for the family. For example, Chiles Adkins' 82-year-old wife lived in a nursing home in a coma for four years. Since there was no chance for her recovery, Mr. Adkins' requested that the medical staff withhold treatment. However, his pleas were ignored. Soon after

she died, Mr. Adkins was billed $ 250,000 for his wife's medical care. The courts ordered him to

pay the bill, which placed a terrible financial burden on him.

ii. Supporting details

For those who are terminally ill, they do not want to be an emotional and financial burden to their relatives, therefore without their existence; they would be lightening their family’s burdens. Initially it may be unfair to their families but in the long run, their decision to give up on life would help their families greatly. Their families would then not be burdened by the hefty medical bills and the emotional strain of care giving.

Here, I would stop to show another picture of a person to my audience with a short explanation.

iii. Supporting details

Due to financial short comings, some patient cannot afford to pay those expensive hospital bills and thus, view mercy-killing as their last resort. Why pay for medical care when you know your condition is not going to get better anyway?

Transition to Main Point 3 :

C. Main-point 3: Euthanasia stops the person from having a bad quality of life.

i. Supporting