Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, our prime Minister and members of Government side, as the member of opposition I would like to present my argumentation which is divided into three parts: rebuttal, statement and conclusion.
At first, I’d like to reiterate our team line, that this house believes terminally ill people should not have the choice to end their own life. There are another two aspects to support our team line. We definitely believe that terminally ill people haven’t consider about the feelings of their family members and friends who still have the hope of curing. And the passive thoughts of mercy killing also have a negative influence on society.
In the first part of my speech I would like to make my rebuttal. As the number 3 of the government said, mercy killing has already been practiced peacefully by many developed countries and we should learn from these countries. However according to the national situation, legislative environment, and culture convention in China, euthanasia do not have the feasibility of implementation. Because of our country’s economics and politics, there is limitation of the level of medical research. And the basic problem of euthanasia and standards of judgment can not reach an agreement. From the microscopic point of view, the euthanasia have relation with the patients, medical staff, family members of patients and medical institutions this four beneficial sides, there is existence of
security risks to implement euthanasia. So it will be a long time for euthanasia to have the feasibility of implementation in our country.
Now I’d like to provide my statement.
For the first aspect, terminally ill people haven’t consider about the feelings of their family members and friends who still have the hope of curing. As for terminally ill people, a substantial proportion of them suffer a lot from the incurable illness such like cancer. They are too easy to think about death when they are overwhelmed by depression, pain, and fear. And they want to have the choice to end their own life. However, have they ever consider about the feelings of their family members and friends ? They will be so painful and disappointed. Maybe someone will put the blame on themselves because they think it’s their inability that murder their beloved one. It may cause enormous and incurable pain which will accompanies them for most of their life time.
Zhang Youbo is a student who comes from a poor family. When he told his parents that he was admitted to the NanJing University, his terminally ill mother committed suicide because she didn’t want to be a burden to the family. Zhang felt so guilty and said it was him who made his mother die. Maybe the death of his mother will release the burden of the family but the wound in his heart can never be healed.
According to the example, for family and friends, no matter how long the patients can stay with them, they will never give up their life. So
the patients cannot be so selfish and only consider about their own feelings. The pain of the body should not become the reason to choose death, because mercy killing is the pain for the whole family, and it is just the reason to escape from the responsibility. The terminally ill people can not have choice to end their own life because they are so closely connected to others.
For the second aspect, the passive thought of mercy killing has a negative influence on society which will blocks the development of human beings.
First of all, if the society accept euthanasia, it may give a excuse for children to escape from the obligation of supporting the elders. Maybe it will even open a door for murdering for money. Some individual medical staff also may cover up some medical accidents on behalf of euthanasia.
As the Columbia Weekly muckraked the shady deal of the euthanasia that many doctors and relatives together manipulate the elderly and patients’ life, a large number of old people in Holland fled to Germany for fear of being put to death before they die naturally. So the side effect of euthanasia can really cause great panic in our society.
Secondly, if the idea of euthanasia becomes the universal values, once people have the thought of the unbearable pressure or pain, they will never think about survival and hope. They will kill this idea and make the negative mercy killing widespread and without engagement. Humanistic
care, social responsibility will gradually fade away. And culture construction will fall into the degraded abyss. Pessimistic psychology not only erodes people’s thoughts but also brings a serious panic to the society.
As French newspaper recently disclosed, the number of the people who choose euthanasia increases at a phenomenal rate in Belgium. In 20xx, the number of the dead who received mercy killing was increased to 1816 as there was only 1432 in 20xx. So according to the data, with the implementation of the euthanasia, more and more people do not have the spirit to fight against the illness and just give up themselves so easily.
But we may think that society can not just say no to the euthanasia but also it should do something for the patients. Because there are so many people choose death because of lacking care and love. Without thinking about survival, terminally ill girl Li Yan asked for mercy killing not because of the unbearable pain just because she was afraid of being disgusted. She didn’t refuse the sunshine of life, but the society lack of caring for them. So, please cherish your precious life, and please give patients more care.
In conclusion, terminally ill people haven’t consider about the feelings of their family members and friends who still have the hope of curing when they choose mercy killing. And the passive thought of mercy killing has a negative influence on society which will blocks the
development of human beings. What’s more, the society is supposed to offer more care and love to this patients.
So I maintain that terminally ill people should not have the choice to end their own life.