Assisted Suicide

Topic: I will be speaking about assisted suicide.
Specific Purpose: At the conclusion of my speech, I want my audience to know why someone would choose assisted suicide, how assisted suicide is performed, and decide for themselves if they support or oppose the issue.
Central Idea: The history behind assisted suicide, why people would choose to do it, and why some individuals feel that it is right or wrong.
Attention Getter: Imagine having a chronic illness and you live in unbearable pain day in and day out? Would you want the right to ask your doctor to end your suffering or is that asking too much of someone?
Topic Introduction: According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, technical definition of assisted suicide is suicide with help from another person to end suffering from severe physical illness. (Merriam Webster, Incorporated, n.d.)
Relate the topic to your audience: Have you ever had a close family member or friend that had to live in extreme pain for their last days, months or years?
Relate the topic to you as a speaker: I have had to watch several relatives suffer through incurable cancers. One of them lived months without being able to eat, because of stomach cancer. Looking back, I wonder if she had the right to choose life or death, what she would have chosen.
Review your main points: Today I will be talking about the history of assisted suicide, where it is acceptable, who can perform it, and how the act is executed.
Transition Statement: If you have ever watched someone you love suffer from a debilitating illness, you have probably thought to yourself, “I wish I could take away their pain.” Back in the early 1990’s, a man found a way to actually take away the suffering- many of you may know his name, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, also known as Dr. Death.
  I. First Main Point: History
      a. First supporting idea – Dr. Jack Kevorkian (Dr. Death)
        i. First sub-point- believed everyone deserves a humane death and has...