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