In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person’s request to end his or her life with medication. One Ohio lawmaker would like the Buckeye State to join the ranks.
Lisa Vigil Schattinger is a nurse by training and director of nonprofit Ohio End of Life Options. She along with Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, D-Columbus, wrote legislation that would allow mentally competent people with only six months to live to opt for physician-assisted suicide. Though it hasn’t even been introduced yet, the proposal, called “Death with Dignity,” has gotten significant backlash. Pro-life conservatives are among other lobbyists who have voiced their objection to assisted-suicide, reports The Dispatch.
Ohioans have too much compassion and too much respect for life to allow a dangerous and deadly bill like this become law. https://t.co/ulBJpoEWoc
— Aaron Baer (@aarbaer) January 23, 2018
— Michael Gonidakis (@MGonidakis) January 25, 2018
This issue hits very close to home with Schattinger. Towards the end of her stepfather’s life in Oregon, he chose to down a fatal mixture of lethal drugs so that he could exit this world peacefully.