Medical Order to REMOVE Life Sustaining Treatment Being
Slammed Through during Lame Duck
November 15th 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 15th, 2016 (Columbus, OH) -
Despite statewide grassroots opposition*, the Ohio Senate this spring approved S.B. 165, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Dayton).
S.B. 165 would establish "medical orders for life sustaining treatment" or "MOLST" form for Ohio-a protocol created and promoted by pro-euthanasia groups.  This bill should in fact be called "Medical Orders to REMOVE Life Sustaining Treatment"
The bill is now in the House of Representatives' Health Committee-sponsor testimony this Wednesday, November 16th, and may be voted on before the General Assembly recesses before the end of the year. 
Experience in other states has shown that MOLST (or POLST, physicians' orders for life sustaining treatment) bills have preceded assisted suicide bills. A co-sponsor of SB 165, MOLST, Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus), has recently announced plans to introduce a version of the so-called "Death with Dignity Act", legalizing assisted suicide, following on the heels of the passage of MOLST.
Cleveland Right to Life's President, Molly Smith called on every prolife citizen and Christian to take action now.  "The importance of stopping this dangerous bill is imperative" she said.  "The very fact that this bill is being pushed during a lame duck session show that the sponsor knows she has serious grassroots opposition to this dangerous bill." 

Contact the following to oppose bringing S.B. 165, MOLST for a vote:
  • Your Ohio Representative (see
  • Ohio Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger
  • Members of the House Health Committee

See the Action Box below for details.

* Coalition Opposing Ohio S.B. 165, MOLST as of November, 2016 (alphabetical order):
Advocates for the Family
Citizens for Community Values
Clermont County Right to Life
Cleveland Lawyers for Life
Cleveland Lutherans for Life
Cleveland Prays for Life
Cleveland Right to Life
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, U.S.A.
Fostoria/Bascom Area Pro-Life
Fostoria Teens for Life
Geauga County Right to Life
Geauga County Tea Party
Greater Toledo Right to Life
H.E.L.P. Pro-Life Apostolate
Hancock County Right to Life
Henry County Right to Life
Hospice Patients Alliance
Institute for Principled Policy 
International Right to Life Federation
Lake County Right to Life
Lima & Allen County Right to Life
National Black ProLife Coalition
National Lawyers Association
Northeast Ohio Values Voters
Ohio Christian Alliance 
Ohio Pro-Life Action
Personhood Alliance
Putnam County Right to Life
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Foundation
Tiffin Right to Life
Warren County Right to Life
What's Right/What's Left Ministries  


See brochure Protecting Life Till Last Breath: Oppose Ohio MOLST for background information, basic talking points, and sample letter
See detailed list of specific concerns with S.B. 165, MOLST.
And/or review the bill with problems highlighted within the text.
Cleveland Right to Life Mission


WE believe that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We know to be true that human rights begin when human life begins, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.  So as to foster a culture of life we promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings and reject such practices as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and same-sex marriage that are contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God".  We represent pro-life citizens from over 8 counties in the region, making our organization one of the largest pro-life organizations in the State of Ohio. We focus our efforts first and foremost at the local level to achieve local solutions and then cooperate with the state and national pro-life efforts as directed and needed.


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