Euthanasia: laws long overdue by Mr Malcom Friberg, p. 65
Mr Malcolm Friberg refers to statistics from the ABS to prove that many elderly Australians commit suicide because they are living in pain. This prove according to the author that we need to change the laws so that people do not have to take desperate measures.
The author’s values and appeals: The author values dignity, and the patient’s right to choose (self-determination). The author prioritises social justice and dignity over an (uneasy) survival.
Human interest story / case study/ anecdotal evidence: The story relating to Jonathon Bury shows that people often live painful lives without any meaning. Mr Bury lacks quality of life and is unable to live independently. The author makes emotive reference to his intolerable pain. He endures a “vegetative state”; his loved ones have to watch a “slow and painful death”.
He uses a rhetorical question (how would you like it?) to encourage us to identify with his situation and imagine his intolerable suffering and the loss of dignity.
A race for control: The Reverend Prile
The author uses a biblical allusion (intertextual reference): he relies on the authority of the Bible assuming that many believers place their faith and trust in God. His point is that God alone has the power to make such decisions; God alone has the power to decide to terminate life.
The author states that “assisted suicide” is a word that is conveniently used instead of murder. He believes that if we help someone to die, then it is murder and people should be charged as criminals.
The author cites the church’s official report as expert and professional advice and guidance: he expects that members of the community trust and respect their advice.
He uses a rhetorical question to focus our attention on the fact that we will just think about monetary values.
Personal observation and anecdotal evidence relating to his mother: He wishes to show that it is impossible to help people enjoy life even if they are in pain. He shows that it is important to value life and provide them with the best loving care. He emphasises the “mother’s smile”.
Appeals and values: He values God’s care and God’s right to choose over an individual’s right to choose.