DENVER – Two Colorado lawmakers inspired by a letter from a terminally ill man plan to propose legislation next year that would allow people to choose when they die.
Before Brittany Maynard became a national advocate for giving dying patients the option to end their lives, Charles Selsberg, 77, wrote an editorial published in The Denver Post urging legislators to take on the issue.
“I have to give my testimony to you now, because by next week I hope to be dead,” Selsberg wrote in late February. He would die in a hospice on March 6 of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Selsberg was a constituent of Denver Democratic Rep. Lois Court, one of the lawmakers drafting the bill for the session that starts in January. “It touched my heart, reading his column,” she said.