Colorado Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Allow Dying Patients with Option to End Life

Colorado Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Allow Dying Patients with Option to End

It has been reported that Colorado lawmakers rejected the proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors' help in ending their lives.

Several people suffering from serious illnesses and people who have seen their relatives suffer assembled at the Colorado legislative to testify the proposal of letting the dying patients to end their lives. The first hearing on the proposal was expected to take place on Friday.

The legislation has placed Colorado among other states that are presently considering laws to allow the terminally ill to get doctor-prescribed medication to die.

A House committee considering the bill voted 8-5 against it after dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives suffer packed the Colorado legislative hearing.

Lawmakers hearing the bill raised concerns saying that what would happen if the medications are not used, and whether someone other than the patient could then take them.

The testimony which took several hours before a House committee is an issue which crosses party lines, and Colorado has a libertarian streak evident among Republicans and Democrats said officials.

It has been found that some doctors and religious organizations were not in favor of the measure. According to them, it facilitates suicide and takes away a patient's hope of a possible recovery.

On the other hand, supporters of the measure argue that terminally ill patients should control when they die.

As of now, five US states allow patients to seek aid in dying. These five states include Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico. Pennsylvania, Wyoming and California have pending proposals.

Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, one of the bill sponsors, said, "This bill represents very personal freedom that for some is taken away in final stages of their illness. Physicians give patients best possible care. But there comes time when a physician is no longer able to heal".

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