Causal Argument: Nina

I could use some help getting started with my causal argument. I am researching the pros and cons of euthanasia and how the terms in which euthanasia should be used or is granted to a patient as an option. From my hypothesis, and the research from my white paper, I have gathered that the two areas in which euthanasia is argued the most. Here is what I have gathered. Euthanasia is argued the most when children are involved, and the second being when a patient either underage and or over the age of eighteen is suffering from personal issues such as depression and anxiety asks to be euthanized.

Also the cause of euthanasia being a result in a patience life could be two of many options. The first being a person who is suffering from a terminal disease that has yet to be cured or the state of someones mental health can heavily effect their decision to be euthanized if the patient has thoughts of suicide, has chronic depression, and a unhealthy level of anxiety. In Belgium, it has been argued that standards must be set, especially when children are involved in order to consider euthanasia, but the con of this solutions suggests that doctors and state legislators should not determine who’s life is worth living. Causal questions would include, who decides when a life should be taken? Does a child have say in the decision making for euthanasia? What other alternatives can be used to help those who suffer mental disadvantages not consider euthanasia? Should euthanasia be legalized in America and other countries around the world? What are the standards or qualifications that will approve someone to complete the operation?

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1 Response to Causal Argument: Nina

  1. davidbdale says:

    OK, Nina. Let’s get started.
    The first step is to narrow your focus to a hypothesis you can thoroughly cover in 3000 words. That means deciding between considerations of Age or Mental Health.

    If you select Age, the clear Causal question is why we have such reluctance to grant end-of-life decision privileges to young people who meet the same criteria we use to permit elderly people the dignity of choice. Is it that we don’t trust the child to have the mental capacity to comprehend the gravity of the decision? Or is it that we feel guilty about ending the life of a child, no matter how competent she is to make up her own mind?

    If you select Mental Illness/Mental Health, the Causal questions are all about clarity of judgment. We hesitate to trust the judgment of a person who wants to end her life EVEN IF the only evidence we have of her poor judgment is her desire to end her life. Oregon, Washington, California, DC and three other states use mental health professionals and a long wait time to help them in the assessment of fitness to participate in physician-assisted suicide, so there will certainly be plenty of evidence to support claims you might make about fitness to decide.

    It’s a separate question (a sticky ethical question, not a Causal Question at all) whether doctors or lawmakers SHOULD decide when a life should be taken. Such questions can trick you into entering a binary YES/NO argument that ceases to be a Research paper and turns into a Blog Post War.

    Causal Questions are easy to spot by their language.
    Not Causal: WHO decides when a life should be taken?
    Causal: HOW is the decision made?
    Causal: WHAT CAUSES the decision to be made?
    Causal: HOW do some candidates get excluded?

    Not Causal: DOES a child have say in the decision making for euthanasia?
    Causal: HOW did some jurisdictions decide to give children the option?
    Causal: WHAT CAUSES us to deny children the privilege we grant old people?

    Not Causal: SHOULD euthanasia be legalized?
    Causal: WHAT CAUSED Oregon and Belgium to adopt assisted suicide legislation?
    Causal: What objections have CAUSED other jurisdictions to deny it?

    Not Causal: What qualifies some candidates for approval?
    Causal: Do some alternatives CAUSE applicants to change their mind?
    Causal: What CAUSES some patients who have been approved for assisted suicide to delay taking the pills, or never take them?
    Causal: What CAUSED them to seek the pills in the first place?

    Do you find this helpful, Nina?


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