Colorado voters to consider aid-in-dying bill this November

A measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in Colorado will be on the state's ballot this November, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Under Proposition 106, mentally competent adults who have six months or less to live can chose to end their lives through physician-prescribed medication. If approved, Colorado would become the fifth state to OK the treatment.

The Colorado Medical Society conducted a survey about physicians' take on the issue this year and found 56 percent of respondents favored the bill while 35 percent opposed it, according to the report.  

While proponents for the bill argue individuals should have the right to include assisted suicide as a treatment option, opponents counter the bill puts those who cannot make personal decisions at the will of caretakers. Others argue insurers will begin turning down care if physician-assisted suicide is a legal option.  

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