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Tutu reiterates support for right to die

By: stagedoorscribbler - September 24, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has reiterated his support for euthanasia after the founder of the right-to-die organisation DignitySA, Sean Davison, was arrested and charged with murder.

The 57-year-old academic has been accused over the death of a friend, Anrich Burger, who was quadriplegic following a car crash in 2013.

In an affidavit read to the court Davison, who has been granted bail but must report to the police regularly, said: ”It is and has always been my contention that I have not committed any offence as alleged in this matter,” 

In a statement issued on Friday, Desmond Tutu said:  "Just as I have argued for compassion and fairness in life, I believe that terminally-ill people should be treated with compassion and fairness when it comes to their death," Tutu said in a statement on Friday.

"This should include affording people who have reached the end stages of life the right to choose how and when to leave Mother Earth."

Tutu first championed his support for assisted dying in 2014 when, after spending time in hospital being treated for recurring infections, he said: “With my life closer to its end than its beginning, I wish to help give people dignity in dying.”