The Fabricius decision on the Stransham-Ford case – an enlightened step in the right direction

Keymanthri Moodley


Many diseases are associated with incredible pain and suf­ fering. Others impair func­ tion and independence to the extent that human dignity is eroded. In many instances the natural history of such conditions often leads to death within a reasonable period of time. In some cases, protracted ill health, pain, suffering and indig­ nity ensue. Such circumstances have since time immemorial triggered the debate on euthana­ sia – a debate on what it means to have a good death. Acting compassionately, many South African doctors have, to some extent, either passively or actively assisted patients in achieving a good death. 

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Keymanthri Moodley, Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

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Euthanasia; Assisted suicide; Fabricius; Stransham-Ford

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(6):434-435. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9790

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Date submitted: 2015-05-28
Date published: 2015-05-28

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