Colorado’s Medically Assisted Suicide Law Quietly Underway

Colorado’s Medically Assisted Suicide Law Quietly Underway

Colorado’s law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs is quietly underway, with an estimated 10 prescriptions filled since voters approved the practice last year, advocates say.

Colorado has joined Oregon, California, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and Washington, D.C., in allowing doctor-assisted suicide. But dozens of Colorado hospitals won’t participate in ending someone’s life. About one-third of the state’s hospitals are Catholic-affiliated.

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But Republican state Sen. Kevin Lundberg argued that taxpayers should not support the practice.

“This is not the job of a doctor, and it’s certainly not the job of the government,” Lundberg said.

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