Assisisted suicide ruling postponed

2015-04-29 17:39

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria – The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday postponed ruling on a bid by a terminally ill man to have a doctor help him commit suicide.

Judge Hans Fabricius postponed the urgent application until 10:00 on Thursday.

Lesego Montsho, SC, for the justice minister, wanted time to confer with officials on a draft order the parties to the matter were considering.

It would, if granted, allow a doctor to help former advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, die without the medical practitioner risking prosecution.

Stransham-Ford is dying of prostate cancer and wants the court to declare it legal for a doctor to help him end his life.

Dignity SA is supporting his application.

The justice ministry, Doctors for Life, Cause for Justice, and the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) are the respondents opposing Stransham-Ford’s application.

“The applicant is entitled to be assisted by a medical practitioner, either by the administration of a lethal agent, or by providing the applicant with the necessary lethal agent to administer himself,” reads the draft order.  

“Any doctor who accedes to the request of the applicant shall not be acting unlawfully and hence shall not be subject to prosecution by the fourth respondent [National Director of Public Prosecutions] or disciplinary proceedings by the third respondent [HPCSA].”

As this was read to the court, Montsho rose and asked for a postponement.

Read more on:    robin stransham-ford  |  pretoria  |  euthanasia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.