Controversial Colorado Right-to-Die Bill Fails
The debate on whether or not to allow the terminally ill to legally end their life with the help of a doctor has been highly contested for some time. As of Wednesday (February 24, 2016) the Colorado State House has withdrawn the proposed legislation until next year.
According to KOAA, The Right-to-Die bill passed in the Colorado House committee, however they didn't feel they had enough votes to get the bill a full approval to pass this election year. There is believed to be a great deal of public support for the bill, however both parties wanted to avoid a "voice vote," as well as the expected attempt to add amendments that would fundamentally change the bill.
Having a wife that works in the medical field, this is an issue that hits close to home, and we as a family see both sides of the argument. I don't see how there can be one answer that is written in stone.
There are people who are "circling the drain," for a lack of better term. That are suffering with extreme pain every day, with no hope for recovery. Allowing a doctor to help them move on seems like it would be the compassionate, humane thing to do. However, I have also witnessed and heard of stories of people who were given terminal diagnosis, and persevered and were miraculously able to recover. Maybe if this is not implemented, it would give the patients and their families the motivation to fight.
When it finally comes down to it, I hope the final vote takes the terminally ill and their families into account first and foremost.