Faith Leaders for Colorado End-of-Life Options
Faith Leaders 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 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.
- Aid in dying is patient-directed care. Individuals must be able to make their own healthcare decisions and must self-administer the medication.
- Thirty years of data from five states demonstrates that the law is working as designed with no evidence of misuse.
- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, wrote in The Guardian in July 2014, “Dying is part of life…And since dying is part of life, talking about it shouldn’t be taboo. People should die a decent death. For me that means having had the conversations with those I have crossed in life and being at peace. It means being able to say goodbye to loved ones – if possible, at home.”
- “If we live in grace and dignity and respect, then we should die in grace,” said Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, senior minister at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. “God did not intend for us to suffer.”
- “I am a human being. I am in charge of me,” said Rabbi Don Berlin.
In the opinion of Faith Leaders for Colorado End-of-Life Options, patients should have access to the full range of end-of-life choices, including aid in dying. As Faith Leaders who support people in all stages of life, we acknowledge that this option will ensure autonomy and relieve the suffering of dying people. Aid in dying is consistent with my faith values and I support this measure.