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.

Muriel Eason
Pagosa Springs, CO

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