The MOLST is a medical order form that documents important decisions regarding a person's health care. The MOLST (or POLST in some states) is based on conversations between patients, their loved ones, and health care professionals. It is intended to ensure that the wishes of a seriously ill patient or that person's legal representative are documented and honored.
The MOLST form varies considerably from state to state. Our Conference has worked conscientiously with drafters of SB 165 to assure that Ohio's legislation is consistent with Church teaching, does not change existing Ohio law regarding end-of-life care, and addresses weaknesses found in MOLSTs passed in other states.
Senator Peggy Lehner, the pro-life sponsor of Ohio's SB 165, accepted recommendations from our Conference and Ohio Right to Life. These recommendations included strict anti-euthanasia/assisted suicide protections. While our Conference remains neutral, we believe the current version of SB 165 prudentially addresses these matters.