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.
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.
HPSCA argues there's danger that if terminally ill people able to get lethal dosage of medication, they'll feel pressured to kill selves— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) November 4, 2016
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.
HPSCA arguing that terminally ill people may want to live, but will opt for suicide because they feel are a burden #RightToDie— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) November 4, 2016