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Anonymous asked in News & EventsMedia & Journalism · 8 years ago

What is the thesis of this article?

what would the thesis of this article be?

The right to die with dignity

Doctor-assisted death is a choice we should all be given

What would you do in this situation? The patient is paralyzed, incontinent of bowel and urinary functions, unable to take nourishment and obviously in pain. I doubt that anyone, regardless of race or religion, would disagree with a lethal injection if the patient were a beloved dog. But humans in most nations are denied this right.

Currently, a tennis partner of mine is in this same condition, along with Alzheimer’s disease. His condition has been a frightful sight to watch as it progressed as surely as night follows day. He no longer knows me, stares day after day at blank walls. I know from past talks he would prefer a dignified death.

Alzheimer’s disease has been labelled the “grey tsunami” and it has huge implications for families and our health care system. Every 70 seconds a new case of Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed in North America. This means that one in 11 seniors will develop this disease. Currently 5.3 million Americans and 500,000 Canadians suffer from it and related dementia. It’s small wonder that Alzheimer’s disease is the second-most feared disease.

Some researchers say it’s possible, by a combination of physical and mental activity, to improve brain activity. But there’s a problem. My friend was as active physically and mentally as anyone I know. He was an ardent athlete, spoke two languages, devoured the Wall Street Journal daily. Now he can’t add two-plus-two and I doubt anything could have been done to change this outcome. Once Alzheimer’s strikes, the rules of the game are fixed.

Today North Americans are living longer, and it’s extremely dangerous to get older. Some will develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, or a number of other chronic degenerative problems, that make life a living hell at the end.

It’s ironic that we have a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but no such society for humans. Unfortunately, even expressing an opinion today about assisted death is hazardous. As Voltaire remarked, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”

When I express my opinion on assisted death, a vocal minority invariably say I want to exterminate the sick and establish death camps. They question whether I ever went to medical school, or why I don’t accept God. This is an unjust judgment when I’ve spent my life saving lives. Moreover, polls indicate a majority of North Americans agree with doctor-assisted death. It’s absurd that Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides freedom in so many questionable ways, yet is so inhumane when it comes to the right to die with dignity.

I do not promote assisted death to anyone. But in a democratic nation we should be allowed to sign a legal document stating that if we become thoughtless, incontinent and immobile we can choose this action.

One of Harvard’s most distinguished medical professors once remarked, “The secret of caring for the patient is caring for the patient.” But after years of caring for patients he himself developed a devastating fatal illness. Just before he committed suicide he left a note saying, “It’s wrong that society forced me to end my life this way without help.”

But change is in the air. There’s growing support for people’s right to self-determination. Assisted death is now permitted in seven countries and states and is being debated in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Britain. In 2009, Montana’s Supreme Court ruled that physicians cannot be prosecuted for prescribing lethal medication for terminally ill patients.

Opponents cry that abuses will abound if this legislation is passed. But history proves otherwise. Oregon’s legislation was passed in 1998 without triggering an epidemic of assisted deaths. Even in Switzerland, the most liberal of all nations, assisted deaths account for only 0.5% of deaths in that country. The point is that there should be no need to buy a one-way ticket to Zurich. It's time to talk about it, as no one will care as much about how you die as you will.

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What is the THESIS of the article, I understand the meaning of the article, but I need to know what the thesis is in the article. thanks :)

Update 2:

What is the THESIS of the article, I understand the meaning of the article, but I need to know what the thesis is in the article. thanks :)

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  • Greg
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    8 years ago
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    Meaning of Article is its really undecided if its right if anyone wants to put and end to there life's.

    In some places its been passed as law they you have the right to have the last word in you life pertaining to ending your life for a medical reason, As Sin is explained in the Bible to want to end you life is a Sin so its not OK with god to Kill Your self its called sue-aside. And the Price for Sin for wanting to end your life is Death. Its not normal to want to end Your life and so its classified as a Sin.

    Punishment as the bible see's it Gods kingdom will make you a cast out and offer no more help.

    The saying is when you die your spirit goes to hell for a few days and goes through Or-In-Teen and if your not wanted in Hell The Devil will reject you and send you to haven, At the Gates of God you will be asked your name and the gate keeper there will already know how You ended up there and decide where you are going to be put in Heaven if they let you in They might send you back to hell for some time to pay for your last Sin on earth and then you can be excepted in to Heaven and classified as a un-honer-able angle and be given a Cheesy Job.

    Some People live there life's and they never were close to God and so they think that is does not really matter what god has to say about ending there life and just carries out what they see and think is the best thing for them. Without giving any consideration to the after effects of there choices.

    Source(s): I am not the smartest guy in the world but think that if your just hanging on to life that it's not to personal and or painful a lot of it is in Peoples heads and the Medications combined with the illnesses make people think there in control and can make decisions for there selfs.
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