Lawmakers should reject proposals regarding assisted suicide

The Greeley Tribune
By: Dr. William Bolthouse

I have the privilege of serving poor and uninsured patients in my practice at the Inner City Health Center in Denver. Besides my medical education, one of the greatest assets I have in this important work is the trust I have with my patients. Legislation introduced in the Colorado State Legislature to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide undermines that trust. If this bill becomes law, it changes the relationship between doctor and patient from one of curing and caring, to something quite different.

I understand the demands physicians experience in their practices, including increased workloads, stress and time pressures. Writing a patient a lethal prescription is cheaper and easier than providing good end-of-life care and counsel. Do we want to give doctors that kind of power?

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