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Journal Of The New Zealand Medical Association. THE NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL JOURNAL (n.d.): n. pag. 27 July 2012. Web.

 

This article is from the New Zealand Medical Journal and speaks of how despair, tragedy and disease can affect people of any age. The author seems to be against euthanasia of any kind. She mentions that in Oregon medical associates offer assisted suicide programs as alternatives to expensive drugs for certain applicants. She then argues that if euthanasia is legal then people who are depressed and just feel like a burden will use assisted suicide as a way out. She believes that people should not be paying with their lives just because medical professionals could not help people with mental illnesses. She then points out that euthanasia puts pressure on people with minor disabilities to end their lives. She ends by saying that we are essentially saying that disabled people are a burden and should be killed. This article could serve as a source to point out how euthanasia could be pressure towards many people but will probably be used after other sources.

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Syringe and bottle with poison icon. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 July 2014.

 

The picture that was decided to be used as a source if a picture of a syringe and a bottle with a poison label on it. The picture was chosen for the specific purpose of showing that a needle can cause death extremely easily. The picture will also convey the tragedy of death since the skull and cross-bone symbol being on the bottle. Since death is being associated by the picture it will persuade the reader to associate death and the harshness of it with euthanasia. 

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"Belgian vote on child euthanasia." Daily Mail [London, England] 28 Nov. 2013: 37.Biography in Context. Web. 9 July 2014. 

This source is a news article talking about the Belgium vote on its child euthanasia law. It states that if Belgium does pass the law it will be the first law in Europe to permit people of any age to go through euthanasia. Only the Netherlands allows children to go through euthanasia, however there is an age requirement of 12  years. It briefly mentions some of the stipulations that must be present to allow a child to participate in euthanasia. It states how supporters of the law feel, that the law would relieve children with chronic pain. However, the article also states the personal feelings of Dr. Peter Saunders. who said that "Belgium had 'leaped head first off a moral cliff''". This article seems to be pretty unbiased but leans a little to the defensive side in terms of its syntax. This article would primarily be used as a offensive strategy against child euthanasia.

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Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia

Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia | Child euthanasia | Scoop.it
Belgium already allows doctor-assisted death for adults, and a bill that looks set for approval this week would allow terminally ill kids under 18 to make the same choice. But some lawmakers and the Catholic Church are strongly opposed.
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"Http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/02/10/274728194/belgian-proposal-terminally-ill-kids-could-choose-euthanasia."; Audio blog post. MTC Library: Full Text Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 July 2014.

 

 

This source is a section of a npr broadcast. It starts off by stating the situation in Belgium regarding the child euthanasia proposition. It states that Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for people over the age of 18. One speaker argues that if an adult with terminal bone cancer asked to be "let go" then you would honor their request. However an opposing argument is that a child can smoke, or drink before they are of age then they should not be able to make a decision like that. She believes that parents will be manipulating vulnerable children to making decisions that they should not be making. The argument again turns to the fact that child euthanasia is a gateway to euthanasia of people for extremely unethical reasons. This broadcast provided new information about when euthanasia in general was legalized in Belgium which will probably lead to more research in the future that will be used in the paper.

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McGraw Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines

Staying Human

 

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D'Souza, Dinesh.  "Staying Human."  [National Review 22 Jan. 2001.]   The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011. 816-824. Print.

 

Dinesh D'souza the author of Staying Human talks about people who wish to genetically design people before birth. He begins by arguing the fact that if people begin by predestining future generations they could ultimately change a persons identity entirely. He then proceeds to use comparisons to back up his argument such as the novel Frankenstein and the issue of slavery. Apart from these comparisons he also uses quotes from biologists on their view points as well. Using quotes from the opposing opinions is risky but if done correctly can help make the side the writer is trying to convey even more credible. D'Souza  states that just because the technology is available to do something does not mean it should be done.  This premise is crucial to the idea of euthanasia and should be taken into great consideration. Although this article does not directly pertain to euthanasia it does correlate in the sense that people should not decide a persons future and people should not decide if someone else should live.

 

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Belgian Lawmakers Extend Euthanasia To Terminally Ill Children

Belgian Lawmakers Extend Euthanasia To Terminally Ill Children | Child euthanasia | Scoop.it
The country's king, who must approve the measure, isn't expected to oppose it. Belgium already allows terminally ill people over the age of 18 to choose doctor-assisted death.
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Calamur, Krishnadev. "Belgian Lawmakers Extend Euthanasia To Terminally Ill Children." NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 09 July 2014.

 

The article at npr.org talks about the passing of a child euthanasia law in Belgium and how exactly it will be put into action. The article continues to follow the  proposal and explains the vote in the house was  in favor and all that is left is for Belgian King Philippe to sign it in.There are a few quotes in the text one of which that is "If you go to a geriatric ward, patients with the same quality of life and the same life expectancy as a 6-year-old with bone cancer, you wouldn't let them suffer," she said. "When they ask you to go, you'd let them go." i can use this quote to help readers visualize the similarities between child euthanasia and adult euthanasia. Furthermore Els Van Hoof, a senator representing the Flemish Christian Democratic party states "Beyond that, she believes the law is simply unnecessary, since Belgium already allows what's called palliative sedation," Teri noted. "That allows doctors to increase pain medication to the point of eventual death when a patient's end-of-life suffering can no longer be alleviated in a conscious state." i can use this quote if i wish to express the opposing side

 

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""A Cold Wind Coming": Heinrich Gross and Child Euthanasia in Vienna." N.p., n.d. Web.

 

 

This source is from an entry into the Journal of Child Neurology. The Journal starts off by mentioning medical procedures during Nazi reign in Vienna. It tells the story of how children were involuntarily put into a euthanasia program for reasons such as physical or mental disabilities. These disabilities did not  necessarily have to be severe. The author uses many examples of euthanasia to show how children and adults both suffer from similar circumstances. He then mentions how many people preforming these "killings" had no medical training what so ever. The reason this source will be used is to show how evil euthanasia can be. This source will be used to show that if child euthanasia begins then civilization can take a turn in the direction and head to people being put through euthanasia for things that are really not diseases in any way shape or form. 

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BioEdge: US bioethicists take Belgian child euthanasia to task

BioEdge: US bioethicists take Belgian child euthanasia to task | Child euthanasia | Scoop.it
Three American bioethicists have criticised Belgium’s new law permitting children with a terminal illness to choose euthanasia
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"BioEdge: US Bioethicists Take Belgian Child Euthanasia to Task." BioEdge: US Bioethicists Take Belgian Child Euthanasia to Task. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 July 2014.

 

 

This article is about three bioethicists who criticize Belgium's child euthanasia law. The article was orginal in the Hournal Of American Medical Association. They began stating their opinion by stating "' Children and adolescents lack the experiential knowledge and sense of self that adults often invoke...at the end of their lives,"'. These bioethicists are against child euthanasia to a very deep level and believe that something like killing a child should not exist especially in a developed country where medicine is quite advanced. They believe that children must have palliative care available to them but euthanasia is not the solution. This source will be primarily used as an example of how people disagree with the idea of killing children for any reason. The article paints the picture of how children really are not mentally capable of making the decision of whether they should live or die. Although this is a short article it does provide crucial support than can provide defense as to why people should not put child euthanasia into motion.

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Legal Suicide: Belgium child euthanasia law meets fierce opposition

Belgium's recent decision to legalize euthanasia for terminally ill children has stoked fierce opposition across Europe. While some accept the move on humani...
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"Legal Suicide: Belgium Child Euthanasia Law Meets Fierce Opposition."YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 09 July 2014.

 

 The video from youtube titled Legal Suicide: Belgium child euthanasia law meets fierce opposition, starts off by stating that the parents could take advantage of euthanasia when it comes to children. Next the newscaster begins interviewing parents of either living or deceased terminally ill children. Many of the parents of children who were deceased objected the child euthanasia law entirely. Most suggest that another viable option can always be found. The video goes into some detail about how euthanasia laws work but only covers the basics. The video generally tends to seem like the newscaster is against child euthanasia. The newscasters states that child euthanasia may be a slippery slope to make human life disposable which is a very powerful thing. I could use this as a very compelling argument against child euthanasia.

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Morality, science, and Belgium's child euthanasia law - Practical Ethics (blog)

Morality, science, and Belgium's child euthanasia law - Practical Ethics (blog) | Child euthanasia | Scoop.it
Morality, science, and Belgium's child euthanasia law
Practical Ethics (blog)
Both require a combination of conceptual analysis, and empirical evidence.
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"Morality, Science, and Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Law." Web log post.Http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/. N.p., n.d. Web.

 

This blog is a republished article by Tony Hope a medical ethics professor at the University of Oxford. In this article Hope speaks of science and morality being closely related instead of the opposites that many people make it out to be. From there he speaks of the Belgium Law and how exactly the law works. He speaks of the circumstances that must be present for the law to be active. Later Hope states a list of moral principles and empirical assumptions which i could use to help support and argue the issue of child euthanasia. Hope provokes a thought experiment which  is ". A lorry driver is trapped in the cab. The lorry is on fire. The driver is on the verge of being burned to death. His life cannot be saved. You are standing by. You have a gun and are an excellent shot and know where to shoot to kill instantaneously. The bullet will be able to penetrate the cab window. The driver begs you to shoot him to avoid a horribly painful death." I could use the quote to help the reader understand what supporters of child euthanasia are actually for. He speaks lastly of how euthanasia could be the start of movement which would in turn be dangerous because it could be taken advantage of.

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