Civil Justice Committee Vote Wednesday, April 27th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 26, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) are forms used to encourage medically vulnerable patients to make end-of-life decisions.
MOLST (sometimes called POLST or Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) originated with and are promoted by pro-euthanasia groups, such as so-called Death with Dignity and the former Hemlock Society, now Compassion and Choices.
Senate Bill 165, Ohio MOLST has been introduced in the Civil Justice Committee to establish MOLST in Ohio statute. A committee vote projected for last week is now expected for Wednesday, April 27th. If the committee approves the bill it will be released to the full Senate for vote.
“Some hospice and healthcare entities are already using MOLST, for example, Hospice of Cincinnati–they are free to use any form they choose,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “There is no reason to entrench this problematic form in law, where it will be presumed blessed by Ohio’s General Assembly and mandatory.”
See key concerns with S.B. 165, Ohio MOLST submitted by Ohio’s pro-life coalition, which minor amendments have not addressed.
TAKE ACTION: CONTACT THESE OHIO LEADERS NOW to oppose Senate Bill 165, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment:
- Your Ohio State Senator (see contact information at ohiosenate.gov)
- Ohio Senate President Keith Faber
- Senate Civil Justice Committee Chairman, Senator Kevin Bacon
For complete information, see the printable, two-sided action brochure Protecting Life Till Last Breath: Oppose Ohio MOLST.
Ohio’s growing pro-life coalition opposing MOLST includes: Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, Cleveland Right to Life, Lake County Right to Life, Greater Toledo Right to Life, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, Geauga County Right to Life, Ohio Pro-Life Action, H.E.L.P. Pro-Life Apostalate, Citizens for Community Values, and the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Foundation.