n South African Medical Journal - Legal assisted suicide in South Africa : correspondence

Volume 105, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: Following the Stransham-Ford case in the Pretoria High Court, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) has stated clearly that it does not support the right to die in law, and opposes euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in line with the Health Professions Council of South Africa's policies and the World Medical Association's guidelines and codes on the subject. Yet this is an emotive issue, and this letter is written in the hope of clarifying the issues that are at stake in South Africa (SA) for the sake of those who do not agree with SAMA.

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