Colorado Probate Blog - Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, P.C.

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Aid in Dying

Should Colorado enact legislation to allow physicians to aid terminally ill patients in dying? In response to one Colorado man's plea to legislators prior to his death on March 6th, Colorado State Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, may be looking into the issue for the next legislative session. Mr. Selsberg was suffering from ALS and choose to end his life on his own terms, before succumbing to the disease. Mr. Selsberg is not alone; more and more terminally ill patients are taking on the medical establishment and choosing to die rather than to fight for a life in which they foresee continued suffering, pain and loss of dignity. Currently five states - Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico, have constitutional laws allowing physicians to assist terminally ill patients in dying; and three other states - Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, are reportedly working on legislation. Colorado lawmakers rejected legislation twice in the mid 1990s, but it remains to be seen whether Colorado voters are supportive of a measure to allow for terminably ill patients to receive assistance in dying.

Read Mr. Selsberg's opinion as published in the Denver Post at: Opinion.

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