Exposing Colorado's Proposition 106

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 19, 2016
  • 3 Comments
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Prop 106On Election Day, November 8, voters in Colorado will decide on Proposition 106, the "End-Of-Life Options Act." The bill is patterned after existing laws in Oregon, California, and other states. One slogan I've heard among the proponents of Proposition 106 goes "An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering."  Slogans like that sound catchy, but clever phrases can be deceptive. It should not be the government's role to help people commit suicide – an assisted suicide law is based on people's fundamental fears of suffering. Although their personal apprehensions are understandable, fear is not a good basis for social policy. The role of government is to safeguard the life and well-being of the medically fragile, elderly and weak – not hurry up their death.

"How a person dies" should be a private matter between families and their physicians. There are already laws on the books that help people die with dignity – for instance, no one's going to force you to take chemotherapy, or kidney dialysis; if the family has a power of attorney for a loved one who is mentally incapacitated, it is even legal for the family to refuse treatment on behalf of that loved one. Rather than legalize assisted suicide, we need more resources for better pain management, and more education for average families who are desperate to know 'what's the right thing to do' in a world of confusing medical technology. I am part of a coalition of disability advocates that is against legalizing assisted suicide. I believe there's already disability-abuse in such laws in Belgium, Canada, and the US – who is to say when ALS or MS becomes 'terminal?' People with very recent diagnoses of these conditions have opted for suicide – the problem wasn't their disability, it was their clinical depression, and that can be treated. If you have a friend in Colorado who is undecided about proposition 106, please share this post with them!

 
 

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Thank you Joni, for giving those of us who live in Colorado this valuable information regarding prop. 106...My husband Pat and I will pass this information on to many people! Blessings to you and all of your staff at Joni and Friends!
  • Oct. 25, 2016
  • 8:52 a.m.
  • Heidi Knapp
Suicide is murder according to God, He Will turn our situations around for HIS Glory! Great post Joni, thanks!
  • Oct. 22, 2016
  • 6:24 p.m.
  • Sheryl Hire
It is sad when life's value is reduced to one's productivity or to a current (sometimes temporary/ sometimes treatable) emotional state of distress. Our focus needs to be on HELP in coping, not help in ending life.
  • Oct. 19, 2016
  • 9:24 a.m.
  • Clarice Main