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A Denver television station has sent a jolting message to advocates of “medical aid in dying.”

Better known as assisted suicide, the act already has been legalized in California, Vermont, Oregon and Washington, and the issue is awaiting a court ruling in Montana.

Dozens of other states also have been confronted by the issue in recent years.

This year, in Colorado, voters will be asked whether or not they want to authorize legal provisions that would allow doctors to provide fatal prescriptions to people under certain conditions.

The dispute has been before the state legislature several times already.

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Now, with the controversial issue on the November ballot, Denver’s KUSA is sorting out how to cover it.

“Supporters of that law have asked 9NEWS not to call it assisted ‘suicide.’ They’d rather we call it ‘medical aid in dying,'” Brandon Rittiman wrote on the station’s site.

“We are not going to grant that request.”

First off, Rittiman wrote that the station is taking “no position” on the dispute.

However, he said, “we have a duty to tell you about it in simple, direct language.”

“Supporters of the measure argue the word ‘suicide’ is too friendly to the opposition because it may make you think of someone who ends their life for no good reason. In contrast, the proposed law does require a reason: You’d need to be diagnosed with a terminal illness to get a life-ending prescription.”

But, Rittiman wrote, “in plain English, that’s still ‘suicide.'”

Various dictionaries agree, he pointed out. From Merriam-Webster to Oxford to Dictionary.com, all say it’s the act of taking one’s own life intentionally.

“Supporters of this proposal want to change the dictionary definition of suicide. They might succeed one day,” Rittiman wrote.

“If you don’t believe us, find an old dictionary and look up the word ‘marriage.'”

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