Colorado approves assisted suicide proposition by huge margin

Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick

Proposition 106, also know as also known as Colorado End of Life Options Act or Initiative 145 passed with significant support.

The measure enables terminally ill patients to take life-ending medication when prescribed by a doctor. It passed through the legislature last April to receive a spot on the ballot.

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The proposition passed with 65 percent support as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. At this time, 2 million votes in the state were counted.

Similar measures have been passed in four other states. Colorado’s measure would require patients to be mentally competent, have six months or less to live and be approved by two physicians. The patient is also required to give two oral requests separated by fifteen days and a provide a written request passing standards set forth in the bill.

On Colorado State University’s campus, many students voted for the proposition.

Freshman psychology major Rahma Jama shared that she voted for the measure. According to Jama, a patient’s decision to end their life comes down to consideration and personal choice.

“I think that when life gives more pain than progress and prosperity they have the right to that decision,” Jama said.

Other students decided to vote for the measure in the name of humanity.

“Why should anyone have to be put through a lengthy and painful death

that there’s no therapy for? That’s my question,” said Jeremy Sarnechy, senior microbiology major. “I don’t think there’s a good answer and the only person that’s going to tell you, ‘You don’t have the right to die,’ is someone that has a religious bias.”

The students’ sentiments echoed those of a national organization based in Colorado, Compassion & Choices, which raised $4.8 million for the proposition.

Although many students expressed agreement with the measure, some find 106 to be an overreach.

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“I voted no because I believe that everyone should have the right to live as long as they’re supposed to, and make sure that they take care of their own life even if they are deathly ill,” said Michaela Dietrich, a freshman human development and family studies major. “I think that God will choose their time to go.”

Like Dietrich, groups such as the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado Christian University and Focus on the Family, opposed the measure. Theses groups all donated to the “No Assisted Suicide Campaign.”

Collegian reporter Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @TatianaSophiaPT@gmail.com.