Ellie Colorado

Physician Assisted Suicide

Vote Yes on Prop 106

To whom it may concern,

As the next president, one of your main concerns will be the propositions on the ballot. One of those issues that I want to bring to light is Proposition 106. This issue is one of the most heavily debated topics as of now and one of the most important for me. Though I am not legally old enough to vote on this proposition, I still support it wholeheartedly. Proposition 106 creates the "Colorado End-of-Life Options Act," which allows individuals with a terminal illness to request from their physician and self-administer medical aid-in-dying medication (medication). To be eligible to request medication, the individual must be a Colorado resident aged 18 or older, be able to make and communicate an informed decision to health care providers, have a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less to live (terminally ill) that has been confirmed by two physicians, including the individual's primary physician and a second, consulting physician, be determined mentally capable by two physicians, who have concluded that the individual understands the consequences of his or her decision and voluntarily express his or her wish to receive the medication(1). Supporting this proposition is the most ethical option for me. I have read stories among stories about terminally ill people suffering day in and day out with no relief from pain. One that comes to mind is the story of Max Bromson (linked here) which happened very recently. Max was an advocate for euthanasia, and a sufferer of terminal bone cancer, that no amount of medication could control. Unfortunately, Max had to take an illegal euthanasia drug because of the laws in his state that refused Physician Assisted Death. This is not justice. Those should not have to illegally end their lives because they are in unbearable pain, instead they should have the option to end their life on their own terms, legally and at peace with their decision. I ask you to empathize with their situation, and take this into consideration.

Best Regards,