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who are not terminally ill should be required by the law to endure extreme suffering for an even more extended period than those who will soon be released by death or what value would be protected by denying terminally ill patients the choice of hastening an inevitable death" (Wellman). People in favor of euthanasia say it can be potentially helpful in a few instances, however there are a larger number of instances in which it can be misused if legalized. Laws against euthanasia are there to prevent abuse and to protect people from immoral doctors and other care takers.If Euthanasia became legal in the United States, it would have a relatively high probability of being abused and misused. This idea is represented in this excerpt from Jennifer Mcdougall and Martha Gorman's book:For others, however, physician-assisted suicide conjures fears that someone else will determine what is to be considered excessive suffering or costs, and that others might seek to eliminate the suffering or the costs by eliminating those persons who are perceived to be suffering or costly. The elderly and the poor are particulary vulnerable to the effects of inadequate health care resources and the attendant constraints on medical decision making. The issue of physician assisted suicide, however, is not merely a matter for "other" groups. "The poor" is a
lifelong or end of life reality for many americans; "the elderly" is a group that most of us would eventually like to join; and "the dying" is a category we cannot reasonably avoid (Mcdougall and Gorman).Due to the current state of the economy and rising medical costs, doctors might begin