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Assisted Dying - DignitySA

What is Assisted dying?

Assisted dying is when a terminally ill, mentally competent adult, making the choice of their own free will and after meeting strict legal safeguards, takes prescribed medication which will end their life. Assisted dying is currently illegal in SA.

Our Assisted Dying Bill will be very similar to Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill in the UK, which is currently being debated in the House of Lords.  Oregon's successes and safeguards will also be taken into account when preparing our own Bill.


Assisted dying is not the same as assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia or euthanasia


DignitySA only advocates assisted dying – not assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia or euthanasia.

  • Assisted dying only applies to terminally ill, mentally competent adults and requires the dying patient, after meeting strict legal safeguards, to self administer life-ending medication. Assisted dying is legalised and regulated in the US States of Oregon and Washington
  • Assisted suicide allows assistance to die to chronically ill and disabled people who are not dying. Assisted suicide is permitted in Switzerland
  • Voluntary euthanasia allows a doctor to administer life ending medication directly to the patient. Voluntary euthanasia is permitted in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • Euthanasia is a term often used to describe life ending medication being administered by a third party, perhaps without the consent of the patient.

 Thanks to Dignity in Dying for some of the text contained herein.

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