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Dignity SA petitions for assisted suicide

Dignity SA believes terminally ill people should have the right assisted dying.

Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - Non-governmental organisation Dignity SA believes terminally ill people should have the right to choose to end their life.

The organisation started a petition to bring a bill before parliament, to legalise assisted dying.

The petition was launched on Wednesday, after Professor Sean Davison returned home from serving a five-month house arrest in New Zealand.

Davison helped his terminally-ill mother commit suicide in 2006.

The organisation's spokesperson, Melodie Slabbert, said euthanasia should be a legal option.

Dignity SA hopes to get 10, 000 signatures to take to parliament, to have the debate surrounding the "In This life" decision bill re-opened.

The bill was drafted by the Law Commission of 1988.

Slabbert said assisted suicide should be allowed, without having medical practitioners fear prosecution.