Assisted suicide on November ballot in Colorado
COLORADO, September 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Coloradans will vote on whether to legalize physician-assisted suicide in November.
If passed, the Colorado End of Life Options Act would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have been told that they have six months or less to live.
Patients would not be asked to undergo a mental health examination. The law would require two doctors to agree that a patient over age 18 is in the final stages of a terminal illness.
The “Yes” campaign supporting the ballot initiative is supported by Compassion & Choices and the Compassion & Choices Action Network. Compassion & Choices is the Planned Parenthood of the euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide lobby; it was formerly the Hemlock Society and was a key force behind the much-publicized suicide of Brittney Maynard.
The Colorado Catholic Conference is promoting a coalition urging Coloradans to vote “No” on Prop 106. The coalition maintains that the proposed law is “fatally flawed” because it does not take into account the possibility that doctors may misdiagnose a patient’s life expectancy, it does not require the involvement of a psychiatrist or psychologist, and it makes it “too easy for big healthcare companies and greedy heirs to financially exploit assisted suicide.”
“If you face a potentially life-ending disease, [the law would allow] you to choose suicide on the basis of the opinion of any old doctor, even one that has no experience with your disease or illness,” the coalition warns.
The Archdiocese of Denver provides information on its website about the threat assisted suicide poses to the state’s vulnerable. It urged Catholics not to sign the petition putting assisted suicide on the ballot.
The Diocese also released a video about the issue.