Colorado voters approve ‘right-to-die’ measure

Ellen Pontac, Debbie Ziegler
In this file photo, Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her daughter, Brittany Maynard, as she receives congratulations from Ellen Pontac, after a right-to die measure was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. AP Photo

Colorado voters approved a ballot initiative that will allow physicians to assist a terminally ill person in dying. That’s already a practice in five other states.

The measure was approved by an overwhelming majority of about 2-1, Kaiser Health News reports. The measure will allow terminally ill adults to receive prescriptions from physicians for lethal drugs.

Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and California already have similar measures. Kaiser reports Washington, D.C. is likely to approve similar legislation soon.

Colorado’s measure met opposition. The Archdiocese of Denver helped fund those opponents. The Colorado Legislature voted down a similar bill in 2015.

The measure’s passage comes after Brittany Maynard’s story gained national attention.

The 29-year-old Maynard’s public story of setting a date for her own death and fulfilling it through Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act sparked conversations nationwide about patient rights.

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