n South African Medical Journal - Euthanasia - no dignity in death in the absence of an ethos of respect for human life

Volume 102, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The headline-grabbing story of Sean Davison, a non-medical professor at the University of the Western Cape who assisted his 86-year-old mother - herself a medical doctor - to kill herself by taking an overdose of morphine tablets dissolved in water, has evoked much interest, and unleashed an online campaign, Dignity SA, to legalise euthanasia in South Africa. The cancer-stricken doctor had already tried in vain to starve herself to death. 'Help me, you are a good boy. I want to die today,' she had pleaded with Sean.

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