Legalise assisted dying
We share with all forms of life the certainty of death. It is natural for us to hope that it will come to us peacefully and without prolonged suffering or distress. This hope however is not always fully realised and under our current legislation, people who seek a medically assisted or induced death are unable to attain it. They have to endure circumstances that they feel are intolerable. Many would be relieved of that anxiety surrounding their final days if they knew that a painless and peaceful assisted death could be an option.
Freedom of choice is the hallmark of human identity. Dignity SA supports the right of the individual to self-autonomy in end-of-life decisions.
We invite the public to sign this petition to legalise assisted dying in South Africa under precisely defined conditions.
South Africa’s laws currently prohibit assisted dying. It is our belief that it is a basic human right to die with dignity, and that those afflicted with a terminal illness should be allowed the option to end his or her life with assistance in order to preserve personal privacy and dignity as well as alleviate suffering.
We, the undersigned residents of South Africa, believe that assisted dying should be legalised.
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