Right-to-die initiative headed for Colorado’s November ballot – The Denver Post

05 Jul Right-to-die initiative headed for Colorado’s November ballot – The Denver Post

Voters will decide on a right-to-life initiative in November, assuming the campaign collects enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

It was the worst way to die, thought Melissa Brenkert, watching helplessly as her little sister screamed and writhed in agony in her hospital bed.

The pain was so intense that Leslie Hollis, 34, would jolt out of a liquid morphine-induced coma, shocking everyone around her. Her eyes bulged out of her skull and her teeth jumbled in her mouth as the brain tumor swelled.

On television in the hospital, Brenkert saw news about the death of Brittany Maynard, whose story about moving to Oregon so she could “die with dignity” had become international news and landed on the cover of People magazine. Maynard also had an aggressive brain tumor and knew that in the end, she could go blind and become paralyzed.

Source: Right-to-die initiative headed for Colorado’s November ballot – The Denver Post