Thursday, April 30, 2015

Court grants terminally ill man right to end own life In South Africa

The 65-year old advocate, who is suffering from inoperable prostate cancer, was fighting for the right to end his life with dignity and he has been granted right to end his own life with the help of a doctor in a High Court in South Africa on Thursday 
The organisation argued that the Constitution allowed for the protection of its citizens from a “cruel, inhuman or degrading” death.

South Africa’s Justice and Health ministries, the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the National Director of Public Prosecutions opposed the application.

In an unprecedented ruling, Robin Stransham-Ford was granted an order that allowed a doctor to help him commit suicide without the threat of prosecution or disciplinary action.

“The applicant is entitled to be assisted either by the administration of a lethal agent or by providing the applicant with the necessary lethal agent to administer himself’’, Judge Hans Fabricius said in his ruling.

Stransham-Ford had the backing of Dignity South Africa, which advocated the right of terminally-ill, mentally-competent adults to be able to choose an assisted death.


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