Now that all the votes have been tallied, we are pleased and grateful for the historic results we are seeing.
Prop 106 won more than 75% of counties across the state of Colorado. From El Paso County to Boulder County, a strong majority of Colorado voters united across party lines and all demographics to demand access to medical aid in dying as an end-of-life option.
Statewide, nearly two times as many YES votes were cast to no votes.
With 65% of Colorado voters saying yes, there is a clear mandate: Medical aid in dying should be available to those terminally ill individuals who meet the strict eligibility requirements.
Thank you for all of your support. There were obstacles along the way to be sure, but together- in our communities and on the internet- we were unwavering in our support of a worthy and long overdue measure. Opponents of medical aid in dying will continue to speak out against this critical freedom for the terminally ill. Rest assured, there are strong and well-organized advocates ready to defend the voice of Coloradans across the state.
Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life. They have a plan for Colorado that uses their experience in five other states that have authorized aid in dying: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and California. Compassion & Choices is launching a bilingual Colorado Access Campaign to educate the public and to provide technical assistance to doctors and healthcare systems so that all Colorado residents who wish to access medical aid in dying have supportive healthcare providers. On their Colorado website (https://www.compassionandchoices.org/colorado/) Coloradans, including doctors and pharmacists will be able to get the most up-to-date information on the law and on medical aid in dying.
We will pass along a more detailed note about next steps in the coming days. Thank you for your support to pass 106. You proved that in the United States of America a determined group of citizens can overcome all obstacles to make a positive impact on the community.