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Euthanasia Essay Intro

How to write a euthanasia argumentative essay?

The task to write an argumentative essay is to put in use the reasoning skills gathered by the students over the years of learning. The main idea is to tell the reader why your reasoning is true and provide evidence to support the same. The issues surrounding euthanasia are many with broad ideas. It is therefore, important to research and outline a proper thesis in the beginning and exhaust a single topic with counter arguments.

Researching the topic

The first step in writing a euthanasia argumentative essay is to research the topic. There are many sources online that would give adequate account of the topic at hand. The sources need to be scholarly and very relevant to the counter argument you intend to use. This will get you familiar with the topic.

The following are the most recent arguments that  have developed about euthanasia:

  • Is euthanasia legal?
  • Do people have the right to proclaim that the suffering is too much and should therefore be set free from the suffering?
  • What are the reasonable approaches that could be used to assist medical practitioners on the challenges of euthanasia?
  • Is active euthanasia enough to be considered as murder?
  • Why has voluntary active euthanasia been a challenging issue in the United States?
  • Outline the arguments that have been forwarded over the years for or against euthanasia with strong arguments to support your claims.
  • What is the is the possible future of euthanasia in our country.
  • What are the reasons for criminalization of euthanasia in our country.

Then write an outline that identifies the main point that you intend to use in the paper. Focus on developing every part of the outline and the important points should not be left out. Having a clear outline will ease the part of writing the body for the essay. It will direct the logical thoughts and ensure that you do not leave out anything important to your essay. The structure of the outline will determine whether the argumentative essay will be objective and a success.

Writing the Thesis Statement for the essay

The thesis statement of every essay is a summary of the main points of the essay. It should be clear and precise to tell the reader what the essay is about. The thesis appears in the first paragraph of the essay. The first paragraph introduces the topic and explains its importance.  Before  writing the thesis, give a slight background of the topic to ensure that the reader will easily understand your thesis. The thesis statement should be focused on the topic and appear at the last sentence of the introduction paragraph.

Example of Euthanasia thesis could be ‘ Taking life with or without the consent of the owner is murder.’

Developing body paragraphs of a euthanasia argumentative essay

Each body paragraph should be focused in addressing a key issue and assist in developing the argument of the thesis. Better yet, you can decide to dedicate each research source to its own paragraph. Here is where a proper outline comes in handy. Give your arguments accompanied with solid evidence to support each claim.

You might include a single paragraph with a philosopher’s argument that does not agree with your own. Give evidence of this opinion with the source cited. In this paragraph ensure to outline why you think the argument is weak and out of topic respectfully. Considering the ideas of an opposing argument is a good way to strengthen your own and it is widely viewed to be polite. The conclusion paragraph should give a summary of the reasons outlined in the body. End the essay with a repeat of the thesis statement in the conclusion paragraph.

Once you are done with the essay, it is time to proofread and ensure that the essay has taken an argumentative format. Check that the ideas are connected logically and the arguments are well organized. Look out for areas that you may add some contractions and that the essay does not follow a casual tone and style.

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What is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia is the termination of a very sick person's life in order to relieve them of their suffering.

A person who undergoes euthanasia usually has an incurable condition. But there are other instances where some people want their life to be ended.

In many cases, it is carried out at the person's request but there are times when they may be too ill and the decision is made by relatives, medics or, in some instances, the courts.

The term is derived from the Greek word euthanatos which means easy death.

Euthanasia is against the law in the UK where it is illegal to help anyone kill themselves. Voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide can lead to imprisonment of up to 14 years.

The issue has been at the centre of very heated debates for many years and is surrounded by religious, ethical and practical considerations.

The ethics of euthanasia

Euthanasia raises a number of agonising moral dilemmas:

  • is it ever right to end the life of a terminally ill patient who is undergoing severe pain and suffering?
  • under what circumstances can euthanasia be justifiable, if at all?
  • is there a moral difference between killing someone and letting them die?

At the heart of these arguments are the different ideas that people have about the meaning and value of human existence.

Should human beings have the right to decide on issues of life and death?

There are also a number of arguments based on practical issues.

Some people think that euthanasia shouldn't be allowed, even if it was morally right, because it could be abused and used as a cover for murder.

Killing or letting die

Euthanasia can be carried out either by taking actions, including giving a lethal injection, or by not doing what is necessary to keep a person alive (such as failing to keep their feeding tube going).

'Extraordinary' medical care

It is not euthanasia if a patient dies as a result of refusing extraordinary or burdensome medical treatment.

Euthanasia and pain relief

It's not euthanasia to give a drug in order to reduce pain, even though the drug causes the patient to die sooner. This is because the doctor's intention was to relieve the pain, not to kill the patient. This argument is sometimes known as the Doctrine of Double Effect.

Mercy killing

Very often people call euthanasia 'mercy killing', perhaps thinking of it for someone who is terminally ill and suffering prolonged, unbearable pain.

Why people want euthanasia

Most people think unbearable pain is the main reason people seek euthanasia, but some surveys in the USA and the Netherlands showed that less than a third of requests for euthanasia were because of severe pain.

Terminally ill people can have their quality of life severely damaged by physical conditions such as incontinence, nausea and vomiting, breathlessness, paralysis and difficulty in swallowing.

Psychological factors that cause people to think of euthanasia include depression, fearing loss of control or dignity, feeling a burden, or dislike of being dependent.

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