Will Not Go Into Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 9, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – Sub. S.B. 165, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment has NOT passed the Ohio House of Representatives and will not go into effect! The bill was to establish in statute a MOLST form for end of life care instructions.
“S.B. 165, MOLST would have created administrative confusion for healthcare professionals and institutions, plus an unclear, even dangerous advance directive for patients,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
“Thank you to all who communicated with legislators, plus the legislators who paid attention to this problematic end of life measure, understood its dangers, and did not enact it in law.”
A coalition* of pro-life groups across the state joined together to oppose S.B. 165 due to concerns of potentially hastened deaths for patients.
“This significant decision is the visible result of what Ohio’s statewide pro-life coalition worked and prayed for, and accomplished in concert with legislators willing to work for human life protections regardless of whether or not it is politically expedient,” said Barry Sheets, legislative consultant for Cincinnati Right to Life, Cleveland Right to Life, and Ohio ProLife Action member organizations.
Example S.B. 165 inaccuracies include:
- No clear conscience clause for healthcare professionals
- Form preparer not limited to attending physician
- Includes withdrawal of comfort care
- Simplistic check boxes for complex life-ending decisions
- No informed consent from patients
- Unclear regarding basic food and nutrition
- Duplication, potential conflict with other directives
- Intended for those with six months or less to live, yet annual review required with no choice to completely revoke
- Confused tracking of potential multiple versions
- No validation procedure
End-of-Life/critical care choices are covered in Ohio law under already-existing DNR orders, consent to treatment forms, patient declarations and health care durable power of attorney, all available to Ohio citizens to manage their health care preferences.
Note: A MOLST bill could be revived again another year, as the Honoring Wishes Task Force, which initiated S.B. 165, is still in existence after 11 years of deliberation.
Despite statewide grassroots opposition, the Ohio Senate this spring approved S.B. 165, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Dayton).
S.B. 165 would establish “medical orders for life sustaining treatment” or “MOLST” form for Ohio–a protocol created and promoted by pro-euthanasia groups.
Experience in other states has shown that MOLST (or POLST, physicians’ orders for life sustaining treatment) bills have preceded assisted suicide bills.
*Coalition Opposing Ohio S.B. 165, MOLST as of December, 2016 (alphabetical order):
Advocates for the Family
Citizens for Community Values
Clermont County Right to Life
Cleveland Lawyers for Life
Cleveland Lutherans for Life
Cleveland Prays for Life
Cleveland Right to Life
Fostoria/Bascom Area Pro-Life
Fostoria Teens for Life
Geauga County Right to Life
Geauga County Tea Party
Greater Toledo Right to Life
H.E.L.P. Pro-Life Apostolate
Hancock County Right to Life
Henry County Right to Life
Hospice Patients Alliance
Institute for Principled Policy
International Right to Life Federation
Lake County Right to Life
Life Issues Institute
Lima & Allen County Right to Life
National Black ProLife Coalition
National Lawyers Association
Northeast Ohio Values Voters
Ohio Christian Alliance
Ohio Pro-Life Action
Putnam County Right to Life
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Foundation
Tiffin Right to Life
Warren County Right to Life
What’s Right/What’s Left Ministries