Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on Proposition 106
October 21, 2016
As we approach voting day, please critically evaluate Proposition 106 — "Access to medical aid-in-dying medication." This proposal essentially legalizes euthanasia. It requires the involvement of physicians, whose purpose for millennia have been promotion of wellness, healing from illness, and comfort care. This proposal allows physicians to become killers.
Yes, there are good intentions behind this proposal, and the criteria set forth in it are strict, intending to safeguard against misuse; however, this proposition is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous due to potential future consequences.
Current comfort care, palliative medicine, has all the necessary means to take care of our terminally ill, even if in the process life is shortened. The critical difference is focus on quality of life, not intentional death.
Choose life! Vote "no" on Proposition 106.
Mark Stephens, MD