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Living Will - Euthanasia

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Our resolution is that Euthanasia should be legal. We remind you that we are not saying you need to use Euthanasia. We are simply saying that people have the freedom to decide if they want to use it or not.

People deserve to die with dignity, and that's what euthanasia would let them do. To die unable to communicate, suffering from pain that is incomprehensible to everyone in this room, that is undignified. Denying someone the right to end his or her suffering, that is undignified. According to the Christian Science Monitor over the past 12 years euthanasia has been legalized in Oregon, there have been no lawsuits or complaints since the start of the system. Also, lets not lose the fact that Euthanasia is the right of a patient. It is not the MANIACAL plotting of an evil doctor. IT IS A CHOICE! Everyday we trust doctors to care for us. Doctors are employed to assist the patient. We need to trust those doctors and not assume they will turn on us when we need them.

A person can only induce euthanasia upon himself or herself if they are mentally stable enough to make a decision. If they are not mentally stable, the person must have a living will. A living will is a legal document known as an advance directive that gives instructions to health professionals. It lets them know under which circumstances you would like to be kept alive and which circumstances you would not. There are many ways to make a living will, and it's easy too. You can do it yourself at home, pay a legal professional to make one for you, or use a website like www.LegalZoom.com. On www.LegalZoom.com, you fill out a questionnaire and then the site prepares the document for you. Since making a living will is so simple to do, it seems crazy that anyone wouldn't have one. As you can see from the overhead above, I too made my own living will, and you can too!

Hippocratic Oath

I am aware that the Hippocratic Oath is no long used, but in some places a modernized version of it is still recited. The much-quoted reference to "do no harm" is in need of explanation. Does not harming mean that we should prolong a life that the patient sees as a painful burden? Surely, the "harm" in this instance is done when we prolong the life, and "doing no harm" means that we should help the patient end their life. Killing the patient, technically, yes. Is it a good thing sometimes, yes. Is it consistent with good medical end-of-life care: absolelutely yes.

Slavery

I would like to make a point regarding ownership of one's body. The very definition of a slave is a person owned by another person. Slavery has obviously been abolished in the United States for many years now, establishing that a person can only be owned by himself or herself. Generally, you can do what you like with your property, as long as you are

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