A Time To Live, A Time To Die

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Vol: 24, Issue: 3

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Shields-Stiefel, Linda
living will; right to die; Constitutional Law; Estates and Trusts; Law
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The purpose of this Comment is to review S.B. 1 and to compare it to other states living will statutes and to the proposed Uniform Rights of Terminally Ill Act.Part I briefly overviews the American history of living wills. Part II reviews living will/right to die statutes in effect and major court decisions. Part III discusses Ohio's position on the right to die, both statutory and judicial. Part IV reviews S.B. 1 and suggests several changes. The conclusion recommends that a uniform living will statute be enacted to guarantee equal treatment for patients in all jurisdictions.