Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports the call for assisted death

Professor Sean Davison, Founder Dignity SA, who campaigns for assisted death, says when Desmond Tutu speaks the world listens.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu released a video over the weekend throwing weight behind assisted death. In the video Tutu says when his time comes he should be allowed to pass on in a manner of his choice.

Davison says the intervention by Tutu will help his cause for assisted death.

He is only highlighting something that is going on very quietly throughout humanity.

Professor Sean Davison, Founder Dignity SA

Making the option of assisted death available could help people avoid attempting suicide, says Davison. Sometimes the suicide attempts goes horribly wrong and they end up in a worse situation than before.

He says a law change could actually save lives and believes that things will soon change for the better.

By changing the law and making the option for an assisted death available, people may not attempt to take their lives and go on to have a natural death.

Professor Sean Davison, Founder Dignity SA

He is certain the Supreme Court of Appeal will rule against the State's appeal of a High Court ruling allowing the assisted death of Robin Stransham-Ford. The ruling takes place in Bloemfontein on 4 November.

Davison is confident the case will be won, based on the Constitution.

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