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Legal clarity sought - Advance Directives (Living Wills)

We have very exciting news!

Congress of the People (Cope) chief whip Deidre Carter plans to introduce a draft bill aimed at ensuring that a terminal patient's wishes to have medical treatment withheld are recognised in law. The National Health Amendment Bill has been drafted with the assistance of Dignity SA.

In order to be successful, submissions need to be made to the Speaker. This is an imperative part of the process. To find our more about this initiative and how you can help, go here.



NOW is the time to have your voice heard

If you support COPE's Private Members Bill which seeks to legalise Advance Directives (Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare), you need to submit representations to Parliament before 25 AUGUST 2018.

Below a sample letter to which you can also add your own personal motivation.

The Speaker
National Assembly
cc: (D Carter, MP)

Dear Madam


In response to the call for written representations on the proposed Draft National Health Amendment Bill, 2018, I wish to advise that I support the proposed legal recognition, legal certainty and legal enforceability regarding Advance Health Care Directives such as the Living Will and the Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

Yours truly,
(Insert your full names here)


DignitySA is proud to host the World Federation of Right to Die Societies' biennial conference and invite you to join us for two days of talks and a debate on the #RightToDie.  


DignitySA is continuing its fight for terminally ill South Africans to die with dignity. DignitySA will join as a plaintiff in an action instituted by Dieter Harck and Dr. Sue Walter (pictured above) in the High Court.


In a medical emergency, or any other circumstance which leaves you unable to communicate, your Advance Directive (Living Will) will help those responsible for your care to decide on your treatment.

Advance Directives are a way for you to give consent for certain situations where you might want or not want treatment. They allow you to appoint someone to make decisions for you if you can't do so yourself.


Allied Medical Professionals for Assisted Dying (AMPAD) is a group of healthcare professionals who do not believe that dying patients should have to suffer against their wishes or travel abroad to die.

Having medical professionals publicly support assisted dying, with stringent safeguards in place to protect the vulnerable, is enormously helpful to our cause.Your bold support can make a difference.


Deborah Ziegler,
Brittany Maynard's Mum:

"Brittany walked to the edge of life and dove, face first, arms arched forward, fingers pressed together, piercing the surface of the whatever-comes-next with precision.

Brittany taught us the power of personal story. She taught us that speaking up, even when our voices shake, is important. The stories of the terminally-ill are important."

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Your Stories Matter

Personal stories go a long way towards creating awareness  and dispelling myths whilst, at the same time, strengthening the case for a law change.

We appreciate how deeply personal these stories are and assure you that yours will not be published without your final approval.

To share your story, click the link below.