Persuasive Speech Essay

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An epidemic is sweeping America. An epidemic which puts the government in the position of supporting and advocating suicide. A disease which will infect the morals and values in the medical world, until they no longer have any effect. A mindset which will lead America on paths to immoral places where she never intended to go. Euthanasia is sweeping America.

In this speech I will take an in depth look at the reality of euthanasia. I will be dealing specifically with voluntary euthanasia because that practice is generally more inherent than involuntary euthanasia in America today. I will argue four points under voluntary euthanasia. I will do this while analyzing a specific act proposed to the California legislature which may be considered a model voluntary euthanasia practice. But first let me define voluntary euthanasia.

AB 654 will aid us in our definition of voluntary euthanasia. The bill was introduced to the California legislature by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine and Assembly woman Patty Berg in order to allow “physician-assisted” suicide. Physician-assisted suicide as defined under the bill is the right to request lethal drugs by the “terminally-ill” who have only six-months to live. The so-called helpless patients then self-administer the drugs with the intent to end their lives. Physician-assisted suicide is more commonly known as doctor-assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia. 

The first problem with voluntary euthanasia is that it is biblically wrong. Psalm 71:9 states, “Do not cast me off when I am old, do not forsake me when my strength is gone,” and Proverbs 24:11, “Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering towards slaughter.” Both of these state that we should do the opposite of voluntary euthanasia. Physician-assisted suicide will cast off the old, it will forsake those whose strength is failing. It will not rescue those being led
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