Colorado Votes to Legalize Assisted Suicide

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — Voters in Colorado have approved a ballot initiative to legalize assisted suicide in the state.

According to the Denver Post, Proposition 106 passed overwhelmingly with two thirds of the vote.

“Shall there be a change to the Colorado revised statutes to permit any mentally capable adult Colorado resident who has a medical prognosis of death by terminal illness within six months to receive a prescription from a willing licensed physician for medication that can be self-administered to bring about death,” it asked in part.

The measure requires that two physicians confirm the patient’s terminal prognosis and that the patient be advised of all treatment options other than assisted suicide. Patients will also be mandated to undergo “evaluation by a licensed mental health professional if either physician believes the patient may not be mentally capable.”

Proposition 106 was modeled after Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act,” which 29-year-old cancer patient Brittany Maynard utilized in 2014 to end her life. She had written to followers prior to her death that she wanted them to push other states to permit people to kill themselves under similar circumstances.

“As my time draws closer, I hope you will all take up my request to carry on this work, and support [my family and friends] as they carry on my legacy,” she wrote.

Maynard, who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, said that she rejected treatment options because they would impact her “quality of life,” and also decided not to pursue hospice care because she did not want her family to watch her suffer.

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But a number of those who heard Maynard’s story, including those who were struggling with terminal illnesses themselves, tried to reach out to the young woman and urge her not to take her death into her own hands.

“Brittany, I ache for you and your family. I pray that your tumor will make a miraculous change for the better. And if that does not happen, I pray that whenever you pass away, you know the Lord,” wrote wife and mother Heather Laurie, who suffers from mitochondrial disease. “I choose to die with dignity. The dignity of awaiting the Lord’s timing. When He calls, I shall with great joy join Him in Heaven and leave behind the pain and suffering this body had developed, but I will not allow one second to be shaved off of that life because I am scared.”

As previously reported, until now, Colorado outlawed aiding in one’s death, criminalizing the act as felony manslaughter. After failed attempts in the legislature to legalize assisted suicide, a ballot initiative was put forward for the people to vote on the matter.

The Compassion and Choices Action Network, which had backed the ballot initiative, cheered Tuesday’s outcome.

“This is a historic day for all Coloradans, and an especially tremendous victory for terminally ill adults who worry about horrific suffering in their final days,” President Barbara Coombs Lee said in a statement. “We are delighted the significant investment paid off and are proud to have lent the expertise and resources to empower the voters of Colorado.”

But others expressed disappointment.

“We are deeply disappointed and concerned about Colorado legalizing doctor-assisted suicide,” Jeff Hunt, vice president of public policy for Colorado Christian University, told reporters Tuesday night. “The fight is not over.”

As previously reported, there are five other American states in which assisted suicide is legal. Following its passage in the legislature in October 2015, California became the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide following Vermont, Oregon, Washington and Montana. Assisted suicide was permitted in Montana through the courts, however, as opposed to a vote in the legislature.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The core values of secular humanism = blasphemy, infanticide, suicide, sexual immorality, addiction, and meaninglessness. People need Jesus for salvation and meaning of life.

    • johndoe

      Not at all. The meaning of life is different for each person. Those are not the core values of secular humanism.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Secular humanism glories in death; this news is all about that.

        • johndoe

          How so? This is about allowing those who are dying and suffering a way out of it. It has nothing to do with anyone but the person making that choice.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            People should do the best to live out and not choose death. Secularism gives people only despair.

          • johndoe

            I have a great life without despair . No religion neefed

          • Amos Moses

            funny how you seem to think being dead is living ………..

          • TwoRutRoad

            That depend on what you mean by “dead” or “living”.

            “Everlasting Life” is being dead, but not being dead.

            Dying slowly and painfully is dying, not living.

          • Amos Moses

            this existence as an unsaved person, without God is death ….. here … and the hereafter …………

          • TwoRutRoad

            To me, looking forward to heaven is just living to die. I live to live.

  • Bradley Williams

    Correction please:
    Your source has done you a disservice. The promoters of assisted suicide have worn out their thesaurus attempting to imply that it is legal in Montana. Assisted suicide is a homicide in Montana. Our MT Supreme Court did ruled that if a doctor is charged with a homicide they might have a potential defense based on consent. The MT Supreme Court acknowledged it is a homicide in the ruling.

    The Court did not address civil liabilities and they vacated the lower court’s claim that it was a constitutional right. Unlike Oregon no one in Montana has immunity from civil or criminal prosecution, death certificates are not legally falsified and investigations are not prohibited like in OR, WA and CA. Does that sound legal to you?

    Perhaps the promoters are frustrated that even though they were the largest lobbying spender in Montana their Oregon model legalizing assisted suicide bills have been rejected in Montana in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

    Your source has done the public a disservice. Their ordinary bait and switch campaign is demonstrated by their selling “must self-administer” then they do not provide in their legislation for an ordinary witness of the “self-administration”.
    The difference is that a witness would honor individual rights and choices, without a witness it allows euthanasia. If the individual changed their mind no one would ever know. And we know that 30% do change their mind according to Oregon’s records
    This omission eviscerates the flaunted safeguards putting the entire population at risk of exploitation by the medical-industrial-complex, organ traffickers and predatory heirs.
    Colorado’s non transparent Prop 106 simply allows non voluntary euthanasia. Welcome to the Oregon experience.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Bradley Williams
    President
    Mtaas dot org

  • Robert

    we wonder why young people sucide rate is so high when we have adults voting for sick idiotic stuff.

    • TwoRutRoad

      I don’t follow you…
      What have adults been voting for that causes young people to commit suicide?

  • Robert

    those of us who have had real sick family members who never took their own lives have less worry bout young family members taking their lives when they hink life is hard . its wrong nd selfishand against he commanment to murder one self

    • Tangent002

      This law is not about allowing people who are depressed or down on their luck to kill themselves. This is about rational, compassionate end-of-life options for the grievously ill.

      • Amos Moses

        right …. that is why in countries that have it …… they now allow children to decide if they want to …… again ….. big win ………..

  • james blue

    Libertarians may not win elected office, but we do win issues of self determination.

    • Amos Moses

      self determined to kill themselves ….. big win there ……….

      • james blue

        I hope with all my heart you never face a painful terminal illness, but should you I wish for you to be able to decide how you proceed or cease.

        • Amos Moses

          9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
          9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

          14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
          14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
          14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

          YES, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO ……………

          • TwoRutRoad

            “and hate not his father, (etc.)…. he cannot be my disciple.” So, you MUST hate one or more of these things to be his disciple?

          • Amos Moses

            i hate all of them ….. my love for Christ is so much greater that my love for the things mentioned appears as hate ….. the divide is that great …………

          • james blue

            Whatever your decisions is it should be yours to make.

  • TwoRutRoad

    There will be two dates on my tombstone. What matters most is:
    How I use the space between those years.
    And how I use the space between my ears.

    • 0pus

      “Died of Stupidity”

      • TwoRutRoad

        “Lived in Reality”

        • 0pus

          Your comments are clearly the work of a stoner. Potheads have a distinctive tone. Redeye “logic” is amusing.

  • Gena B

    People who have faith, no matter how hard, trust Jesus to bring them home when it’s God’s timing not our own. People who don’t have faith have no hope.

    • TwoRutRoad

      God’s timing, huh? Every time you take an antibiotic you could be changing God’s timing. If you call an ambulance for someone, you are hoping to change God’s timing. Do you wear a seat belt? Do you have a smoke alarm? If you do, then you are attempting to change God’s timing. You are putting your faith in man-made things, not God.

  • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

    Assisted suicide is wrong on so many levels Assisted suicide always starts off as the choice to end your life through the help of a Doctor. To end the life of the ones who are suffering in pain. At some point they add on to it. They keep adding. by this time it becomes too late to stop it. At some point they remove to choice and Doctors begin to make choices themselves. They call it mercy killings “MURDER”. They will say it is your choice until the day comes when it becomes their choice not yours. Only God has the right to take a life.

    • TwoRutRoad

      Dear Lady, can you tell me specifically where assisted suicide has become something a doctor can decide by himself?

      • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

        A lady in Europe not sure where was sick. She feared going to the hospital. She was afraid she would be euthanized. Her son was in another Country. She ended up in the Hospital. Her son was unable to get to her in time to save her. Even though we are not Europe it could happen here as well.
        I will not respond to you after this post as I believe you are a Troll. I have seen you troll others. I am not in the mood to be trolled. But have a great night. I believe that know of one of your sock puppets.

        • TwoRutRoad

          Am I not entitled to opinions, or to question the opinion or statement of others? You made a statement and I asked you for more information. These issues I comment on are important to me, and I feel obliged to point out some of the good as well as the not-so-good things I see.

          I’m pretty new to this stuff, so I had to look up sock puppet to see what it meant. TwoRutRoad is the only name I use, except for my FB page, where I use my real name. I don’t use my real name here because I would get fired from my job if my boss saw this stuff.