COLUMBUS, OH - Pro-life Governor John Kasich has signed House Bill 470, making assisted suicide a third-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison.
The bill strengthens Ohio's protections against assisted suicide, which currently only permit a court to issue an injunction against anyone helping people to kill themselves.
The measure was authored by pro-life Republican State Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati and worked through the legislature with the help of Republican State Senator Peggy Lehner of Kettering and Senate President Keith Faber.
Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis says Ohio Right to Life thanks Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly for vastly expanding protections for human life in 2016.
He says 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.
With the enactment of this legislation, Ohio will become the fifth state in the last few years to strengthen laws against assisted suicide.
Gonidaikis says from conception until natural death, Ohio is leading the way in honoring the dignity of the human person.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization.
Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, the agency works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.