State wins appeal in right to die case

Government has won the appeal against a court order that granted a terminally ill patient the right to die.

Last year, terminally ill cancer patient, Robin Stransham-Ford, applied to court for permission to end his life with the assistance of a willing doctor, and the High Court agreed. Stransham-Ford died before the court ruling.

Director and founder of Dignity SA, Professor Shaun Davison, speaks to Charlotte Kilbane (standing in for Stephen Grootes) on The Midday Report about what the verdict means for those campaigning for people's rights to die.

Very, very disappointing. One man who was suffering terribly at the end of his life and wanting to choose his time of death and have a dignified death. How anyone can oppose that is beyond me.

Professor Shaun Davison, Dignity SA

Every respectable person claims to support human rights, and this is a human rights issue. It is about human suffering.

Professor Shaun Davison, Dignity SA

Davison says this decision is not the end of the road and when seeking a law change one has to be prepared for the long-haul.

We at Dignity SA will continue this fight. Most likely we will take it to the Constitutional Court and eventually we will win this because most people support it.

Professor Shaun Davison, Dignity SA
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