Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Jeremy Pelzer, reporting for Cleveland.com wrote:
House Bill 470, which may face a final Senate vote on Thursday, 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 to help more than 130 terminally ill patients end their own lives.