Derek Humphry talks about this in his article "Voluntary Euthanasia is Ethical" and he includes seven limitations of ethical euthanasia.
The first states that the person has to be an adult and they have to be proven mentally competent, and the second says the decision has to be shown to be well-thought out including making a living will and discussing their options with others (Humphry n. Humphry's third and fourth parameters express that there has to be a sensible amount of time to try to let medical assistance take place, and their doctor should be informed of their decision (n. The next two ethical limits to euthanasia in Humphry's article say the person has to make a will to dispose of their positions and that the person's plan cannot leave others with criminal charges (n. Lastly, he wrote that the patient must leave a suicide note saying that they indeed wanted this and that they take full accountability for their actions (n. Euthanasia is not a widespread problem nor would it be if rules like these were followed.
Oregon's Death With Dignity Act is a start in the United States to the acceptance of physician-assisted suicide.
Having more options can lead to a more peaceful death of those suffering from painful terminal illnesses.
The debate over the right to die includes arguments over euthanasia and physician- assisted suicide. Ferguson, Jr., the author of a book titled The Right to Die, includes the definitions of the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide to help the reader better understand the differences between them and what they actually mean.
Euthanasia is, "The act or practice of killing or bringing about the death of a person who suffers from an incurable disease or condition, especially a painful one, for reasons of mercy" (Ferguson 20).
This process takes a while, so the patient has a lot of time to think through the ramifications of this act.
Ferguson in his book writes, "Legalization may be the best way to avoid the slide down the slippery slope" (79).
Since Oregon's Death With Dignity Act passed, there has not been an abuse of physician-assisted suicide, in fact, in 2001, less than one half of a percent of deaths from terminal illnesses or similar diseases in Oregon were a result from physician-assisted suicide with the Death With Dignity Act (Ferguson 78).
For that reason, it can clearly be seen that physician-assisted suicide being legalized in Oregon has not lead to abuse or excessive use of it.