A Colorado legislative committee recently voted down a "Death with Dignity" bill that would have allowed terminally ill people to seek help in ending their lives on their terms.
The 8-5 vote came after physicians, religious leaders and people with terminal illnesses testified before the committee for 11 hours, reported The Denver Post.
The bill would have required a person with a terminal illness to get verified approval from two doctors, provide an oral and written statement, and take the fatal drugs themselves, noted Reuters.
According to the Durango Herald, the person would have to be diagnosed as terminally ill and mentally competent.
However, opponents of the bill claimed that family members could coerce someone into killing themselves or allow an insurance company to choose not to pay for expensive medical equipment (which insurance companies have been doing for decades) and convice people to take cheaper lethal drugs.
As a result of the vote, terminally ill people in Colorado will continue to be forced to stay alive and suffer against their will.
Christian ministry Focus on the Family's legal arm CitizenLink announced this week how it galvanized Colorado residents to contact lawmakers and stop the bill (video below).
For years, CitzenLink has repeatedly supported the repeal of Obamacare, which provides health coverage to over 10 million Americans and stops insurance companies from denying people coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
CitizenLink's John Paulton called the assisted suicide bill for terminally ill people a "dangerous trend" and claimed "there is a better way."
Paulton cited a friend who is in hospice care and is receiving "tremendous" care, which is allowing her to "enjoy, treasure last moments with her family."
However, there was nothing in the proposed bill that would have stopped people from treasuring their last moments with their families.
Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, who was terminally ill and chose to end her life in Oregon, recently told The New York Times: "As Brittany’s case demonstrates, even an improved palliative care system cannot control the pain and suffering of every dying patient in his or her last days. The improvements in end-of-life care must include giving adult patients the option to control their own dying process."