The group Colorado Citizens for Life, a state-wide sister organization to Pikes Peak Citizens for Life, is seeking signatures on a petition against the assisted suicide legislation that is currently being considered in the Colorado General Assembly.
Some background for the petition:
Assisted suicide preys on the disabled, the elderly and people dealing with advanced illnesses. When death is presented as a solution for illness or advancing age, it represents a society that is turning its back on the medically vulnerable who are at risk of depression or mental health concerns and worried about the future.
In fact, in states where they have legalized assisted suicide there have been a variety of problems. In Oregon, depressed people have died by assisted suicide without proper mental health evaluations, and patients were denied medical treatment and steered to assisted suicide by the state health plan. Oregon resident Jeanette Hall, who was terminally ill and wanted assisted suicide, is alive today because her doctor convinced her to try medical treatment instead of death
Additionally, many are unaware that the group that supports this legislation, “Compassion and Choices”, promotes a practice called VSED, which instructs elderly people to stop eating and taking liquids if they want to kill themselves. There are simply not enough ways to safeguard against abuse of this practice and it completely goes against the medical profession which vows to “do no harm.”
Colorado cannot accept assisted suicide because it is a step toward an ugly future, which includes killing unwilling victims because it is a “kind and merciful” act. It includes patients who are suffering with mental illness killing themselves with the help of doctors; and it includes the handicapped, elderly and sick being taken advantage of by others who wish for their demise. Colorado Citizens for Life plans to work with other pro-life groups to defeat this legislation.
Please take two minutes and sign our petition to tell Colorado lawmakers that you’re against assisted suicide!