By Raymond Hockedy
This letter to the editor originally appeared in The Longmont Times-Call on October 26, 2016.
With blessings and luck, many of us live long and happy lives, but all good things come to an end. Most of us hope for a peaceful passing without pain and undue suffering. In many cases this occurs, but there are exceptions. This is where Proposition 106, the Colorado End-of-Life Options ballot proposition, provides an option. It enables a mentally competent adult, with a prognosis six months or less to live, to request that his/her physician provide a medication that will accelerate dying.
There are many safeguards built into Prop 106, and it is virtually identical to the Oregon Death with Dignity Law that has been successfully implemented for almost 20 years without one verified case of abuse. “Options” is the key word here as it applies to the dying individual and to the physicians involved (note: a second physician consultation is required). The medication is self administered, and anyone who attempts to coerce someone to use this law is guilty of a felony.
The Denver and Boulder County medical societies support this measure. Please vote yes on Proposition 106.