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Ohio Euthanasia Laws

Euthanasia, often referred to as "mercy killing," is the taking of another's life who is terminally ill or otherwise ready to die. Only a couple of states allow physician-assisted suicide, but most states allow the withdrawal of life-preserving interventions, such as respirators and feeding tubes. Ohio euthanasia laws allow for this type of withholding of life-sustaining treatments without the fear of homicide charges.

Learn more about Ohio euthanasia laws and related matters below. See FindLaw's Patient Rights section for related articles.

Code Section 2133.12(A), (D)
Euthanasia Condoned in Statutes? Euthanasia, mercy killing, or assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized by Ohio law.
Effect of Withholding of Life-Sustaining Procedures Death of any patient resulting from withholding life-sustaining treatment does not constitute suicide, murder or any homicide offense for any purpose.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Ohio health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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