Assisted Suicide Bill to be Introduced in Colorado Legislature
Five states currently allow doctors to help patients end their lives prematurely, and Colorado could become the sixth as Democrats are poised to introduce an assisted suicide bill in the legislature.
According to 9 News, under the legislation, dying patients would need to have two doctors sign off on their verbal and written request, and it must be determined that the patient is mentally competent. The patient must also be able to administer the life-ending medication on their own.
The issue was thrust into the national spotlight last year when Brittany Maynard, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, moved to Oregon so she could get help from a doctor to end her life. She died on November 1st.
The five states that have Die With Dignity legislation in place are Washington, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, and Vermont.
Back in November we asked our listeners if Colorado should pass a Die With Dignity Act. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of passing such legislation. In our poll, 74% expressed support, 20% were opposed, and another 6% weren't sure.
There seems to be growing support for assisted suicide, but the issue remains a hot button across the country. We want to know what you think about it. Take our poll below and let us know if Colorado should adopt the Die With Dignity Act.