Ohio is not considering death with dignity legislation in the first part of the 2019-2020 biennium. An aid-in-dying bill will likely be introduced in 2020.
Write to your Ohio State Representative and Senator to urge their support for aid in dying legislation!
Last year's SB 249, Ohio Aid in Dying Act, was the first death with dignity bill to be considered in state history. This year, we're working to place a similar piece of legislation before the Ohio state legislators again. If enacted, the Act will allow qualified terminally ill, dying Ohio residents to legally obtain medications to end their suffering at the end of life.
- Senator Tavares’s press release announcing the 2018 bill
- Full text of SB 249 (2018)
- Legislative history of SB 249
An October 2018 survey by Public Policy Polling found 87 percent of Ohioans support the right to “die in as humane and dignified a manner as they see fit,” while 75 percent support death with dignity legislation.
We are advocating for death with dignity in Ohio with our local partner, Ohio End of Life Options.
In the 2018 legislative session, Ohio State Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) sponsored SB 249, Ohio Aid in Dying Act, with co-sponsors Ohio State Senators Joseph Schiavoni (D-33) and Kenny Yuko (D-25). A sponsor hearing on the bill took place in April; the bill did not advance.