Debate Assignment

Debate Assignment
“Everyone has the right to decide when and how to die “

This assignment will focus on the statement above and the issues surrounding it. This area has become an issue because, people believe ending of a person’s life is usually wrong and life is regarded as precious.
The author will present this assignment using the structure of a reflective model, the model I have decided to use is Gibbs, and the reason for this as it makes it possible to explore all issues in depth.

The debate was conducted by a class of third year student nurses; the class was split up into two groups, one for the motion above and one against the motion. Each group consists of a chairman, two main speakers and a summariser. Their goals are to provide evidence to support for or against the statement. The author was in the group for the argument.

The author felt that this debate was carried out to the best of the group’s abilities, bringing an array of differing issues for and against the motion. At the end of the debate the audience were asked to vote on who they thought gave a better argument, and the against group won.

This debate went well because everyone’s opinions were valued and appreciated.   The author feels that she gained from this experience as it gave her a better understanding of the area and issues around, do people have the right to decide when and where to die?   Nevertheless the author still understands that her knowledge is limited and therefore will look into three areas raised in the debate to get a better understanding on “the right to decide when and how to die”.

One of the issues the author feels important is the Mental Capacity Act does it or does it not support the right to die. The Mental Capacity Act (2007) was created to promote autonomy and empowerment by encouraging people to participate in the decision making process. It empowers people to appoint a person to act on their behalf if they lack capacity to do so for themselves in the...