SB 165 Stated Aim is to Bring Simplification and Clarity to End of Life Directives.
Senate Bill 165 fails to bring clarity and creates far more questions than it answers.
The Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) tries to simplify a very complex and dynamic situation into shopping check lists that tilts toward non-treatment instead of providing the care you may need.
Treatment options are presented as if they are morally neutral even though certain decisions may lead to euthanasia by omission.
MOLST bases medical decisions on theoretical future scenarios, not the patient's actual condition and needs, which cannot be foreseen with accuracy.
MOLST is a medical document and the advance directive is a legal one. The MOLST takes effect as soon as it is signed, and the advance directive takes effect only when you are not able to make your own decisions about your health care.
The MOLST form does not require it be discussed with a physician. The law permits an "issuing practitioner" which includes physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
Current law is more than adequate in dealing with end of life directives, while minimizing potential abuse and or facilitating Euthanasia.
No matter how good intentioned the authors of the MOLST legislation may have been, this legislation plays right into the hands of those who are quick to devalue life. We cannot look the other way. We are PRO-LIFE, no exceptions! The legislation has not yet been voted on, so there is still time to stop it. Please, take action now and let your legislators know NO on MOLST! The pro-life community is not neutral on SB 165.
Greater Toledo Right to Life 5726 Southwyck Blvd., Ste. 120 Toledo, Ohio 43614 phone: (419)535-5800