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How does Mary Warnock persuade the readers to accept her viewpoint?

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How does Mary Warnock persuade the readers to accept her viewpoint? The article observes the viewpoint of Mary Warnock on the Diane Pretty case. Diane Pretty had motor neurone disease and was almost at the point where she wouldn't be able to move. She appealed to the judicial system in order to claim the right for her husband to assist her in ending her life, and not being prosecuted for doing so. This presented the government and courts with a very tough decision. There are two main parts to Mary Warnock's argument. One is that Diane Pretty should be granted assisted suicide, and the other is that the judges need to make an unbiased decision. However, her opinion is highly biased. She leans towards Pretty's argument throughout her own. She is not, however, able to put forward just her own thoughts. Warnock has also to incorporate the opposite side of the argument. At the beginning we see a hard, negative fact, referring to sickness with no recovery, which makes an impact on us, the readers. This increases our sympathy for those with terminal illness; in this case, Diane Pretty. ...read more.


The readers are subtly convinced into taking this side of the argument. Additionally, there is the religious counter argument towards Diane Pretty's case. Religion says that life is sacred and as a gift from God, it is His to give and take as He pleases. Those who are terminally ill and religious believe that they must have been sent to suffer in the world. What she thinks the views of disabled people on the issue of abortion and euthanasia, is used as an example here. However, for a disabled person to be able to forward opinions such as that, would mean they could not be too badly disabled, therefore not having the right to place that kind of opinion in an instance such as this. Warnock uses a lot of dramatic language such as "condemned", "distressing" and "painful" to form an impact on the readers. She ends on a rhetorical question to involve the reader in the article. The third counter-argument, forwards the fact that life is a gift from God and it is His to give and take as He pleases. Warnock uses analogy to connect this to something that people can relate to. ...read more.


To conclude the article, Warnock shows her belief that the moral judgement is better made by the judge, rather than third parties who may make a biased decision. It also prevents the families etc. from making a potentially difficult decision. What persuaded the judge to rule against Diane Pretty's bid for euthanasia? Why did the court rule in favour of Tony Bland and not Diane Pretty? Is it sexism? Or is it simply the way things have changed? Thousands of people campaign for the right of euthanasia; but this particular case attracted media attention because Pretty and her husband believed so strongly in it that they decided to take their campaign to the highest level. Had the courts ruled in favour of Diane Pretty easily, they would have shown the world how flimsy their system is. They had to at least put up a fight in order to prevent others with terminal illness thinking that it would be easy to get granted the right to euthanasia. I personally believe that Diane Pretty should have been granted the right of assisted death on the basis that this wouldn't set a precedent and all future cases would be judged on their own merits Robert Matwiejczyk 10BZ ...read more.

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