Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
|Ohio Governor Kasich|
EPC-USA was very pleased with the outcome of the bill, even though our advisory role was small.
The Ohio Senate passed HB 470, nearly unanimously, on Thursday December 8. HB 470 passed in the Ohio House last May by a vote of 92 - 5.
Jeremy Pelzer, reported for Cleveland.com on November 7 before the vote:
House Bill 470 ... would make knowingly assisting in a suicide a third-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Currently, Ohio law only permits a court to issue an injunction against anyone helping other people to kill themselves.
If the Senate passes the bill on Thursday - expected to be the last day of the legislative session - it would head to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. The measure passed the Ohio House 92-5 last May.
State Sen. Bill Seitz, the Cincinnati Republican who authored HB 470, said the legislation mirrors Michigan's 1998 ban on assisted suicide, which was passed in response to Dr. Jack Kevorkian's well-publicized campaign.