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Our mission is to pass a medical aid in dying law for the terminally ill in Ohio. Join us today to help make it happen.

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Our mission is to pass a medical aid in dying law for the terminally ill in Ohio. Join us today to help make it happen.

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Terminally ill, mentally competent adults deserve the right to have access to ALL end-of-life options, but Ohio DOES NOT have a medical aid-in-dying law. To end this injustice, we are building the largest ever public record of support for a medical aid-in-dying law in Ohio.

We strongly support hospice and palliative care and encourage enrollment. However, for some people, that is not enough. Integrating a medical aid-in-dying option at the end of life demonstrates compassion and honors patient-centered end-of-life care and personal autonomy.

Your signature will be your voice in Columbus as Ohio End of Life Options works to raise awareness, educate legislators and advocate on behalf of the terminally ill to have access to medical aid-in-dying as an end-of-life option in Ohio. Click here to sign.

Our Mission

To pass a Medical Aid In Dying law for the terminally ill in Ohio

Click over to our Annual Report to find out how we have adapted to this changed world and have continued to work to accomplish our mission.

What is
Medical Aid in Dying?

Medical Aid in Dying laws provide the option for terminally ill and mentally competent adults to request and
obtain a prescription that they may take to end their life peacefully at the time and place they choose.

NOTE: This is not an option for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Vision

All Ohioans will have the knowledge
and power to direct their own
end-of-life care.

The values, beliefs, and desires that each person uses to make these decisions will be protected by law and rooted in equity.

The Latest from Ohio End of Life Options…

Opinion: Give terminally ill more options by passing a medical aid in dying law

OPINION This piece expresses the view of its author(s), separate from those of this publication. Ann Schuur Opinion contributorPublished 10 p.m. ET April 20, 2022 My father took his life in November 2019. He was 83, of sound mind and terminally ill with Stage 4 cancer complicated by COPD. He’d been treated for melanoma a decade earlier and knew what…

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The Person that Inspired Our Mission

Jack Rowe was the stepfather of Lisa Vigil Schattinger, the founder of Ohio End of Life Options. He died peacefully in 2014 using Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. The experience was so profound for Lisa, her mother, Jan Rowe, and their family that Lisa was compelled to create this organization to work to pass a similar law in Ohio.

Watch the video to see more of the story behind our story.

Learn more About Us.

Addie And Jim O'Neil in bright pinks, purples, and blues on a beautiful day outside.

Stand with Jim in Honoring His Wife, Addie

Jim O’Neil, pictured with his late wife, Addie, wants to pass a law in Ohio in her honor. Her final weeks were unbearable, “If the choice were available, she would’ve taken it gladly.”

Read Jim’s letter about Addie’s death and his plea to Ohioans to support this law.

You can help right now. Email your legislators in support of medical aid in dying for the terminally ill. The letter is written and you can add your own thoughts. Just enter your address and your email will be sent to your legislators.

Here are some other ways to Take Action now.

The Path to Achieving Our Mission

We started small in 2016, but have been picking up steam—and more supporters—ever since.
Our work toward a law in Ohio is built around three core activities focused on three primary groups.


It is a challenge for many to talk about death and dying. Finding ways to introduce our issue and build awareness about medical aid in dying is step one.


This complex topic requires clear, fact-based education to core groups so that it can be understood, passed, and successfully administered as law.


We must inspire people to advocate for this issue.
Our work today prevents needless suffering in the future for those Ohioans that choose this option.


We need Ohioans to talk about why they want this option. Personal stories will move other people to join our mission.


The medical, social work, and hospice communities have a stake in all end-of-life issues, including medical aid in dying.


The most likely path to a medical aid in dying law in Ohio is with the understanding and support of your elected Ohio lawmakers.

Are you ready to join us
on our mission?

The first step is to stay informed! Join our email list and you will hear from us a few times a month about what we are doing and
how you can help. Welcome!

Your donation
helps us grow.

Ohio End of Life Options is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
that relies on charitable donations to continue our work.
Please consider donating today.