Bipartisan Letter: We Are Coming Together on End-of-Life Options

Greetings,

As current (Rep. Court, Democrat, Denver) and former (Sen. Brophy, Republican, Wray) legislators, it is not easy to find issues on which we agree. But we both want the best for our state and know that solving problems together is more effective than some of the divisive rhetoric we all hear today.CourtBrophy Pic Resize270

We do agree on one of the most important issues facing Colorado voters this November: End-of-Life Options. We both know this is the right thing for our state. Furthermore, it is a statutory proposition, not a constitutional amendment, initiated by Coloradans for Coloradans.

Matt Larson, a 36-year-old Coloradan who is fighting brain cancer, said it best when he said:

“This is not a left or right issue. This is not a political issue. This is an issue of compassion. More than 2/3 of people that understand the process and eligibility requirements support this. Try to get 2/3 of anybody to agree on anything these days.”

Matt is right – and we hope he is working with us to make Colorado better for decades to come – this is not a political issue, it is a personal one.

The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act will take government out of medical decisions best left to patients, their doctors, their families and their faith. We believe there is no role for government – or anyone else – in the very personal and difficult decisions made at the end of a person’s life. Furthermore, passing the measure doesn’t affect those who don’t consider using the option of aid in dying. Modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act of 1997, we know from the statistics that the thorough protections built into the Act will prevent misuse or abuse.

Anyone who has sat with a loved one facing a terminal illness knows that none of the medical decisions is easy, or taken lightly. Each day feels like a gift and, for a patient, the fear and anxiety about the pain and suffering they may face can be debilitating.

It is time for Colorado to come together, as we have, and agree that we cannot wait any longer for end-of-life options. Please join us in endorsing Prop 106, the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act.

Thank you for your support,

Representative Lois Court
Former Senator Greg Brophy