Decision to appeal assisted suicide judgement welcomed

A terminally ill cancer patient was granted an order for assisted suicide, organisations are opposing that.

FILE: The organisation says the matter will now move to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - Doctors for Life International has welcomed a court's decision to grant leave to appeal against the judgment allowing assisted suicide.

A 65-year-old terminally ill cancer patient, Robin Stransham-Ford, was granted an order for assisted suicide, even though he died beforehand.

The matter was then taken to court because several organisations opposed the ruling, saying it could set a precedent in the future.

Doctors for Life International spokesperson Dr Albu van Eeden says now each case can be reviewed individually.

"The judge put it in his judgement that that was the decision for that only applied to that individual case. Even though he had said that, it would have some way created a precedent."

The organisation says the matter will now move to the Supreme Court of Appeal.