Colorado assisted suicide bill killed in committee

The Colorado Death with Dignity Act was DOA in the Colorado House. Sponsor Joann Ginal's career may follow suit.

Colorado Assisted Suicide
Colorado Assisted Suicide

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 8, 2015 — An assisted suicide bill sponsored by Democrats Joann Ginal (Ft. Collins) and Lois Court (Denver) was laid to rest Friday in the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee of the Colorado House by a 9-4 vote.

House Bill 15-1035 was officially called the “Colorado Death with Dignity Act,” although some Republicans referred to it as the “state-sanctioned murder act.” The text was reportedly identical to a bill submitted to the Iowa legislature.

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The act would have authorized “an individual with a terminal illness to request, and the individual’s attending physician to prescribe” drugs that would cause death upon ingestion. No “physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider” could be disciplined or criminally charged for participating in the process of causing the person’s death.

Two Democrats — Committee Chair Dianne Primavera and freshman Rep. Jessie Danielson — joined all the Republicans on the committee in voting to postpone the bill indefinitely.

Ginal and Court were the only sponsors of the bill in the House; there were no House co-sponsors. Ginal, who is a member of the Committee, thus becomes face of assisted suicide in the Colorado legislature.

Ft. Collins voters may want to take note of that.


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