Organisation hopes Tutu's stance will change assisted suicide laws

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he would like the option of assisted suicide.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Dignity South Africa, an organisation calling for the legalisation of assisted death, says it hopes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's announcement that he would like the option of assisted suicide will change legislation.

Tutu celebrated his 85th birthday this week in seemingly good spirits.

In a Washington Post article, Tutu is quoted saying that dying people should be able to choose how and when they would like to die.

Dignity SA's Sean Daverson says people should be allowed to choose their time of death, adding that Tutu's decision on assisted death is admirable.