Colorado ‘Right-To-Die’ Backers Withdraw Bill

February 24, 2016
Photo: Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver (AP Photo)AP
Colorado Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, consoles Carol Stork of Delta, Colo., after her testimony about the death of her terminally ill husband Albert last month during a Colorado legislative hearing Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

Democratic Reps. Joann Ginal of Fort Collins and Lois Court of Denver tearfully vowed before a hushed House chamber that they will try again next year.

The bill would have provided the terminally ill a legal option to end their lives. It passed a Democrat-led House committee, but Ginal and Court pulled it before a scheduled debate on the House floor Wednesday.

They suggested that lawmakers from both parties preferred to avoid forcing a voice vote on the measure, despite what they call broad public support for it.

They also say some lawmakers were prepared to introduce amendments to gut the bill.