Republicans in Ohio have made assisted suicide for patients in immense pain or suffering from terminal illness, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
They accomplished this by sneaking an amendment into House Bill 470, which deals with requiring the licensing of palliative care facilities, establishing requirements for hospital aftercare and discharge planning, and requiring the development of recommendations concerning the operation of memory care units.
Pro-life groups celebrated the decision to make adults suffer until they die of their terminal diseases.“Ohio Right to Life thanks Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly for vastly expanding protections for human life in 2016,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “By making assisted suicide a felony, Ohio is taking a strong stand against those who prey on the vulnerable and amplifying our opposition to this horrendous practice.”
This “horrendous practice” which is known as Death With Dignity, allows terminally ill patients to take their lives with the assistance of a medical professional in order to end their suffering.
Six states in the US have passed laws allowing assisted suicide.
This is yet another move by the Christian Right and the so-called “pro-life” movement to control a person’s bodily autonomy and force them to use their bodies in ways the Christian Right deem appropriate.