Planning an Argument

Argument Type Four

Recent court cases show that patients and their families are increasingly seeking the right to make their own decisions regarding life-support systems to sustain hopelessly terminal cases. Who should make the decision: patients or their families, a judge, a doctor? After investigating this issue, write an argument explaining your opinion. (Taken from Writing in the Disciplines. Third Edition. Orlando: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1995: 33)

What type of argument is this?

Correct! This assignment assumes that the right to die issue has already been decided but that what remains to be argued is who should decide. As such, you have many options and will need to persuade your audience on your opinion rather than argue for or against a stance as in arguing a clear side of a debatable issue

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