Tutu supports euthanasia

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he backs the legalisation of assisted suicide.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has come out in support of euthanasia at a time when the church remains officially opposed to it.

The Church of England has called for a public inquiry to look into a bill to legislate assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

Tutu says what made him support euthanasia is a 28-year-old South African, Craig Schonegevel, who committed suicide after suffering from a serious illness.

Doctors were unable to end his life.

Tutu was quoted by a British newspaper questioning why one should die in the fog of sedation when there is an alternative of being alert and present with your loved ones.

Church leaders have welcomed Tutu's participation in the debate while others have called the legislation mistaken and dangerous.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu backs the legislation of assisted suicide.