Pro-life protesters stand against assisted-suicide

04 November 2016 - Assisted suicide and euthanasia is back in the spotlight on Friday as the Supreme Court of Appeal hears arguments in the right to die case of the late Robin Stransham-Ford. Video: eNCA

BLOEMFONTEIN - Assisted suicide and euthanasia was back in the spotlight on Friday as the Supreme Court of Appeal heard arguments in the right to die case of the late Robin Stransham-Ford.

Judgment in the case was reserved on Friday.

Last year, the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of Stransham-Ford’s application to allow a doctor to help him end his life and also declared that the doctor who did so would not be acting illegally.

The Health Professions Council of SA, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Justice and the Director of Public Prosecutions are all appealing the ruling, arguing that the Constitution guarantees the right to life, not death.

Earlier this year, Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, said terminally ill people should have right to choose a dignified assisted death.

WATCH: Assisted-suicide proponent Robin Stransham-Ford dies

Assisted-suicide proponent Robin Stransham-Ford dies

Meanwhile, a few dozen people from pro-life organisations demonstrated outside the SRC led by doctor Faan Oosthuizen against euthanasia and in support of the appeal by the Minster of State and Health Professions Council. 

 

 

 

The protesters believe Judge Fabricius misunderstood the medical issues and errors in the application.

The group feels last year's ruling overturned a legal precedent and opened the door for giving doctors a license to kill.

 

 

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