State Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) today applauded the passage of House Bill 451, legislation stating than an individual cannot make life support decisions for their spouse if they are going through a divorce or if the individual is subject to a protection order and the patient is the victim.
“It’s my hope that this bill is never needed, but in the event that it is I know it will help the individual’s quality of life and hopefully save lives,” said Rep. Boose.
House Bill 451 clarifies who is able to make life support decisions of a patient by deciding whether or not to withhold life-sustaining treatment. Under this bill, spouses of the patient may not make any life support decisions if they are undergoing a divorce, annulment, or separation proceeding with the victim. Likewise, if the patient was a victim to the individual and has a protection order against the individual that individual also may not make the life support decision.
House Bill 451 passed with bipartisan support and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.