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South Africa’s Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Allowing ‘Assisted Dying’

December 6, 2016

(Reuters) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) on Tuesday overturned a ruling by a lower court granting a terminally ill patient the right to die, the Justice Ministry said, thereby upholding South Africa’s laws forbidding assisted suicide. In a groundbreaking ruling in 2015, South Africa’s High Court had granted a terminally ill man, Robin Stransham-Ford, the right to die with dignity by way of euthanasia. Stransham-Ford, who was suffering from cancer, died just hours before the High Court ruling was delivered.

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