NOVEMBER 2016

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Colorado has voted to implement ‘End of Life Options Act’

On Tuesday 8th November the US state of Colorado voted in favour of assisted suicide by voting for ‘Proposition 106 the End of Life Options Act.’ In Colorado, citizens are “allowed to submit petitions for laws to be voted on at the ballot box, rather than by their elected representatives.”@ The first state to approve assisted suicide in such a manner was Oregon, in 1994. The Act was supported by 65% of voters and will take effect within 30 days. Canadian campaigner, Alex Schadenberg, comments on his blog that there had been a “massive assisted suicide lobby campaign”, which “outspent the ‘No’ to Prop 106 campaign 2 to 1.”@ He argues that the campaign was also based “on a culture that fears a painful death with a healthcare system that does not effectively care for people at the most vulnerable time of their life. Instead, we need a culture which cares for dying people.” Worryingly, he also mentions that the same assisted suicide lobby have indicated their aim to have assisted suicide legalised in half of US states in 2017 – an assertion also reported in the Daily Mail. @