The Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld the appeal by the Minister of Health and others against the Pretoria High Court ruling allowing for Stransham-Ford to seek physician-assisted suicide.
The assisted-dying debate is about to be reinvigorated in South Africa, as Robin Stransham-Ford goes to court to seek the right to a death at the time of his choosing.
For difficult moral issues, we shouldn’t be surprised if the arguments are difficult also. Euthanasia, especially in the case of children, is difficult enough that argument sometimes appears impossible.
Child euthanasia is an emotive subject, as all end-of-life decisions are. But that shouldn’t blind us to what’s right.
Deirdre Carter (COPE) is introducing Bill on advance directives and assisted dying. Support her and DignitySA by indicating your support to Parliament.
Renowned Afrikaans author, Karel Schoeman, has taken his own life, in what is yet another example of why we need urgent reform of South African law related to assisted dying.
Hormone therapy or surgery for children experiencing gender dysphoria is an emotive and complex topic, in part because I can’t see how we can avoid being influenced by prevailing social norms in assessing individual cases.
Minister Motsoaledi wants doctors to not be allowed to “play God” when it comes to assisted dying, but he forgets that they play God all the time already.
Death should not be trivialised, so it’s understandable that some of us are wary of legislation that allows for assisted suicide. But if it’s the dignity of life that we’re hoping to preserve, it’s unclear how denying suffering people their final choice promotes a sort of dignity worth preserving.
Tony Nicklinson is petitioning the British High Court for the opportunity to be allowed to choose to die. While many cases of assisted dying are problematic, the Nicklinson case demonstrates exactly why British – and South African – law should recognise that there are cases in which it is unethical to deny someone the right to die.