Breaking down Proposition 106: Medical Aid-in-Dying

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COLORADO (KKTV) We are digging into a pretty controversial issue on your November ballot, Medical Aid-in-Dying.

Proposition 106: Medical Aid-in-Dying

Under Proposition 106, someone who is terminally ill, with six months or less to live, could get prescribed medication to end their life.

Two doctors need to agree on the patient's prognosis.

State Sen. Michael Merrifield wishes his father Kenneth Merrifield had that option.

"I watched my father die a very horrific and painful death, and I was with him through the very last night, and he would not have wanted to die that way," said Sen. Merrifield.

"He had prostate cancer that metastasized into his entire body."

His father died in 2001.

"He loved life. His expectation, his hope, was to die a quiet and dignified death, which he did not get," said Sen. Merrifield.

"It was horrific. The pain at the end was, the only way it could be controlled was by putting him into a coma," he added.

However, one probate lawyer says Prop. 106 would have harsh effects.

"Colorado would become a suicide destination," said attorney Skip Morgan.

He argues it could encourage people to make drastic decisions.

"There are lives that apparently this ballot would say don't matter so much. Not only do we not try to save them, we put them on an express lane," said Morgan.

He also says it could open doors for fraud.

"I have seen in litigation in court, cases of greedy heirs -- an heir can actually witness the request, somebody who stands to benefit from the person's death -- very subtly pushing grandma along," he added.

But, for Merrifield and his father, it would have meant peace of mind.

"I wish my father had had the opportunity to take this option because I know he would have done so," said Sen. Merrifield.

So whether you see it as dying with dignity, or not, the issue is in the hands of the voters.

Five other states have similar laws in place.