In Addie's Memory: Urge your Ohio Legislators to pass Aid in Dying legislation for the terminally ill.

Adria "Addie" and Jim O'Neil of Wadsworth Ohio in June 2018 (photo provided by Jim O'Neil).

The following is the letter that will be generated when you click the "Start Writing" button on the right. You may also add your own thoughts.

As your constituent, I urge you to support Aid in Dying legislation for the terminally ill in Ohio.

Ohioan Jim O'Neil just lost his wife to cancer. It was a very difficult death though she had wonderful hospice care. Please read Jim's heartfelt plea for legislation in Addie's memory.

Such a bill, modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, in effect for over 20 years now, would allow competent, terminally-ill Ohioans with less than six months to live, to obtain a prescription from their doctor for medications to end their lives peacefully, at the place and time of their choosing. The bill would establish stringent procedures and tough safeguards that have proven safe and effective in eight states and the District of Columbia: two doctors must certify a terminal diagnosis, that the patient is seeking the prescription voluntarily, and that the patient is mentally competent and within six months of death.

Seven in ten Ohioans, including myself, believe that terminally ill people should have the option of medical aid in dying. This law would give Ohioans more freedom and peace of mind when they face inevitable death.

If I am terminally ill, am competent and have only six months or less to live, I should have the power decide whether to hasten my own death if the suffering becomes too great.

I call on you to re-introduce SB 249, first introduced in 2018 by Senator Charleta Tavares.

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