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Medical advances have created ethical dilemmas which no previous generation of doctors has ever faced New life-sustaining techniques and practices are forcing doctors to ask questions that never needed to be asked before Foremost of these is How far do we go to save a life Other questions challenge ethical traditions which have been in place for centuries When suffering is immeasurable and a patients condition terminal should doctors be permitted to end a patients life Should doctors take active role in hastening a patients death Today more than ever the push is on to change the rules Dr Kevorkian a leading doctor in the fight in legalizing Euthanasia while deplored by most medical professionals for his methods is heralded as a hero on many fronts for bringing this issue into the public square By all accounts a time of decision is upon us When a fully conscious person requests death should a doctor assist the person in dying It is the purpose of this speech to present a concise overview of the primary arguments for the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide My four primary arguments for legalizing euthanasia are as followed 1 The mercy argument which states that the immense pain and indignity of prolonged suffering cannot be ignored We are being inhumane to force people to continue suffering this way 2 The patients right to self-determination Patient empowerment has been a trend for more than twenty-five years Its my life my pain Why cant I get the treatment I want 3 The economics argument which notes the cost of keeping people alive is exceedingly high Whos footing the bill for the ten thousand people being sustained in a persistent vegetative state Arent we wasting precious resources when an already used up life is prolonged unnecessarily 4 The reality argument Lets face it people are already doing it Lying in bed alone in inconceivable pain For many people the process
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