The Colorado State Capitol. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

The Colorado State Capitol. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)


“Legalizing assisted suicide in Colorado would threaten disabled,” Jan. 26 guest commentary.

Carrie Ann Lucas opposes legalizing assisted suicide on the grounds that her life would be threatened by such a law. As a disabled person, she fears she would be granted a lethal prescription were she to have depression severe enough to ask for one. However, with her condition as she described it, she could simply turn off her ventilator to die. Most people who would choose death over suffering do not have that choice.

Lucas’ opposition to an assisted-suicide law is selfish. Ensuring that a lethal prescription is not cheaper than treatment may be the battle Lucas should be fighting instead of denying other people the right to make their own end-of-life decisions.

Sue Resseguie
, Mesa, Ariz

This letter was published in the Feb. 1 edition.

Carrie Ann Lucas makes a compelling and passionate case for life — her life. It is inconceivable that any just society would compel her to submit to assisted death, now much preferred to the emotion-laden word “suicide.” Yet, Lucas will, as we all will, die. She presently prefers to not choose how and when. That is, and always will be, her inalienable right. Her well-stated concern is an expanded version of the “slippery slope” thesis: Once the means is made available to anyone, it is possible to be extended and abused.

Oregon, where there is more than a decade of experience with physician-assisted death, has found the use uncommon and not abused. Many states, including Colorado, are poised to explore this issue legislatively.

We have control over almost all aspects of our lives, so why not the ultimate control — our deaths? Lucas and others, it seems to me, need not fear that giving this right to others will impair her freedom to decline.

J. Bruce Laubach, M.D., Highlands Ranch

This letter was published in the Feb. 1 edition.

I admire the courage of Carrie Ann Lucas. However, she seems to have some significant misunderstandings of Colorado’s proposed “assisted suicide” law, more correctly called an “aid in dying” law. To obtain a lethal prescription, you must be judged by two doctors to have less than six months to live due to a terminal illness and not be in a depression. This has nothing to do with having any disabilities.

People have chosen aid-in-dying in states where it is legal because they face a drawn-out and painful death that puts them and their loved ones through a lot of distress. Lucas wants to deny others this right to choose out of fear that somehow it puts her life at risk. I fail to see how this law would put her at any more risk than the “profit-driven health care system” already does because of overpriced medical care.

Neil Rudolph, Alamosa

This letter was published in the Feb. 1 edition.

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