California’s assisted suicide bill boosts Colorado effort

During a press conference on assisted suicide during the last legislative session, Julie Selsberg catches her breath as she talks of the death of her father, Charles Selsberg, 77, to sponsors and supporters of a bill to (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post )

Friday the California legislature passed a bill to allow assisted suicide that, with Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, would make the country’s most populous state the fifth to allow terminally ill residents to end their life. Rep. Lois Court, a Denver Democrat, aims to make Colorado the sixth.

Court and fellow Democrats Joann Ginal of Fort Collins and Sen. Lucia Guzman of Denver fought for a bill nearly identical to California’s in the last legislative session. It died in a House hearing, with some of those voting no saying they could support a bill with more protections against abuse.

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