Medical treatment

Ohio amendment to allow denial of medical treatment a little closer to the ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A proposed amendment to Ohio’s constitution called “Medical Right to Refuse” is one step closer to becoming a ballot initiative.

The amendment asks people to have the right to refuse medical treatment with Ohio’s voting committee considering the proposed amendment on Tuesday, taking it to the next stage of the process.

The “Medical Right to Refuse” proposes that a person has the right to refuse medical procedures, vaccines, devices, etc. and that the government, an employer or health care providers cannot override a refusal.

“We are smart enough to know what we want and what we don’t want to do with our bodies and as long as we do our research and make those decisions, it should be our right,” said citizen Diana Smith. Smith added that part of the reason she supports this amendment has to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the end, the polling station voted yes to the proposal after some discussion.

“We are not here to debate the merits of the proposal only if it contains a single proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution,” said Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “Here, everything relates to the same subject. We know what it is. It’s about allowing people to choose whether or not they want to have a procedure.

The next step is to collect signatures – more than 440,000 are needed to move the process forward.

“I would like to see May 2023 – we should have our – I’m just saying over 500,000 signatures – by the end of December, but that would be our goal,” Smith said.

Similar legislation in the form of House Bill 248 did not make a move in the Ohio legislature. The bill aims to prevent schools and businesses from requiring vaccines – it was introduced in April and has not been withdrawn from committee.

You can read the full petition submission below.