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.

Our Mission

To raise awareness and provide fact-based education about Medical Aid In Dying laws for the terminally ill in Ohio in order to advocate for such a law.

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.

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.

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.

Meet Jack Rowe

Jack, pictured with his wife, Jan 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, and their family, that Lisa was compelled to create this organization with the mission to pass a similar law in Ohio.

Jim O'Neill Advocates in memory of his wife addie

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

Jim, 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. Contact your legislators to declare your support of medical aid in dying legislation.The letter is pre-written; you can add to it or leave it as is. Just enter your address to direct your email to your specific legislators.

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Join Ohio’s fast-growing community of compassionate advocates united together to push for medical aid in dying legislation.

Ohio End of Life Options is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your donation tax-deductible. Our crucial work relies on the charitable gifts made by our generous supporters. Please consider donating today!

 

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