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Some physicians, ethicists, and regulatory officials say the laws could harm more patients than they help — but many are reluctant to publicly oppose the laws for fear of being seen as opposing any one patient’s quest to save his or her life. Lawmakers, critics say, can stand on high moral ground as champions of the dying, while opponents struggle to demonstrate potential harms to faceless patients.

“It’s extremely hard to articulate a position against this because it sounds like you’re not sympathetic to a patient’s plight,” said Beth E. Roxland, senior adviser on law, ethics, and policy at NYU Langone Medical School.

Roxland, who previously led Johnson & Johnson’s bioethics and business strategy, said if the laws are enacted in all 50 states and are extensively used, “our entire drug development system would fail, frankly.”

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