oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Decision-making at the end of life : the termination of life-prolonging treatment, euthanasia (mercy-killing), and assisted suicide in Canada and South Africa



This article will deal with an analysis of the Canadian and South African law applicable to the following five situations : termination of life-prolonging treatment at the behest of a mentally competent patient; termination of life-prolonging treatment for a mentally incompetent patient who has signed a health care directive; termination of life-prolonging treatment of a mentally incompetent patient without a health care directive; mercy-killing (either at the behest of a mentally competent patient or when there was no consent to be killed); and aiding the suicide of a mentally competent patient.


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