LETTER: Access to Aid in Dying
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Last November, Colorado voters passed, by a 2-to-1 margin, a medical aid in dying measure that allows adults suffering from terminal illness to take life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleeping medication. In the following letter, Ms. Eason addresses the access issue.]
Colorado voters easily passed the aid in dying law for terminally ill patients that want to avoid the pain and suffering that often comes near the end of life — both for the patient AND for the family (been there, for my father and my good friend).
But that doesn’t make any difference if a provider can’t be found.
Since our local Pagosa Springs Medical Center and Durango’s Mercy Hospital have opted out (unfortunately), I used a new tool provided by Compassion & Choices to search for providers.
I searched and had to go up to 200+ miles from Pagosa Springs to find providers. But at least there are some more visionary institutions. You can learn more at the Compassion and Choices website.
Pagosa Springs, CO