SA government opposes assisted suicide
May 4 th, 2015
Pretoria - SA government has expressed its opposition to assisted suicide after a Pretoria High Court granted a terminally ill man the right to die. On Thursday, Robin Stransham-Ford (65) who suffered from prostate cancer was permitted to end his life with the help of a medical practitioner. The medical practitioner will not be prosecuted. “Nobody under SA’s Constitution has the right to kill another person” said Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha on Monday. He said that by helping another person kill himself that person becomes a murderer. However, Judge Hans Fabricius said that the prohibition of assisted suicide limits the constitutional rights of SA to human dignity. Though illegal in SA, civil organisation has been asking for the legalisation of assisted suicide for quite some time already.
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