Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
3 Mar 2021
5:13 am

Is the right to human life tied down with the right to die?

Bernadette Wicks

Harck and his former palliative care specialist Dr Suzanne Walter have launched a bold new legal challenge to laws around assisted dying.

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Motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer Dieter Harck has gone to court to fight for the right to end his life on his own terms. But, says the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Harck and his former palliative care specialist Dr Suzanne Walter have launched a bold new legal challenge to laws around assisted dying. They want the law changed to give effect to their rights to self-determination and allow for both physician-assisted suicide (PAS) – in which a doctor gives a patient a lethal dose of medication to administer...