Government wins appeal against the ‘right to die’

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A previous high court ruling that permitted Robin Stransham-Ford the right to medically assisted suicide was overruled by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Government won the appeal, which was considered a groundbreaking case in the country after Robin Stransham-Ford had began the appeal before dying.

Stransham-Ford had sought to allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives through euthanasia or assisted suicide. Government’s appeal was backed by the justice and health ministers, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Health Professions’ Council.

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Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for Justice Minister Michael Masutha, was previously quoted as saying the high court order would have far-reaching implications for the medical field, and because of how it was going to be interpreted there was a possibility that it might be abused, and it could lead to a floodgate of applications if it were allowed to stand.
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