Elected Officials for Colorado End-of-Life Options
Elected Officials for Colorado End-of-Life Options is a coalition in support of authorizing medical aid in dying in Colorado. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to join.
Modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act (Prop 106) will allow terminally ill, mentally capable Colorado adults to ask for and receive medication they may self-administer for a peaceful death should their suffering become unbearable.
- As Americans, we are free to choose how we live, and when the time comes, that liberty should also apply when enduring a difficult death. This private, personal decision should belong to all, without government interference.
- Thirty years of data from five states demonstrates that the law is working as designed with no evidence of misuse.
- Aid in dying is one component in end-of- life care, not an alternative to hospice or palliative medicine.
- A 2016 poll found 65% of Coloradans support dying citizens having access to options at the end-of-life.
- We stand with the hundreds of other elected officials in this country who have sponsored/co-sponsored legislation or been vocal supporters in their arenas.
When California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law, he outlined his reasons for supporting the bill. “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” he said. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying and in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
In the opinion of Elected Officials for Colorado End-of-Life Options, patients should have access to the full range of end-of-life choices, including aid in dying. As leaders in the community, we stand with the citizens. Colorado is known for — and proud of — its spirit of liberty, personal responsibility and self-determination. We honor our right to live freely, but equally important is a terminally ill individual’s right to die with the same autonomy. Aid in dying is consistent with these values.