Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"We need to revisit our own South African laws which are not aligned to a constitution that espouses the human right to dignity. On our own soil Craig Schonegevel, after 28 years of struggling with neurofibromatosis, decided his quality of life was too poor. He'd had so many surgical procedures the thought of enduring more was unbearable. He could find no legal assistance to help him die. On the night of 1 September 2009, he swallowed 12 sleeping pills, put two plastic bags over his head tied with elastic bands and was found dead by his parents the next morning. Craig wanted to end his life legally assisted, listening to his favourite music and in the embrace of his beloved parents, Patsy and Neville. Our legal system denied him and his family this dignity…
I revere the sanctity of life – but not at any cost. I confirm I don't want my life prolonged. I can see I would probably incline towards the quality of life argument, whereas others will be more comfortable with palliative care. Yes, I think a lot of people would be upset if I said I wanted assisted dying. I would say I wouldn't mind actually."
Desmond Tutu, "Desmond Tutu: A Dignified Death Is Our Right – I Am in Favour of Assisted Dying," Guardian, July 12, 2014
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Archbishop Emeritus, 1996-present
Recipient, Templeton Prize (worth approximately $1.7 million), 2013
Recipient, $1 million award, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Oct. 4, 2012
Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2009
Founding Member and Chair, The Elders, 2007-present
Founder, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Jan. 2004
Visiting Professor, King's College, 2004
Visiting Professor, Episcopal Divinity School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002
Visiting Professor, Theology, Emory University, 1998-2000
Co-founder, Desmond Tutu Peace Center (DTPC), 1998
Former Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1994-unknown
President, All Africa Conference of Churches, 1987-1997
Archbishop of Cape Town, Sep. 7, 1986-1996
Bishop of Johannesburg, 1985-1986
Recipient, Nobel Prize for Peace, 1984
ThM (Master of Theology), King's College, 1966
BA, University of South Africa, 1954
Teacher's certificate, Pretoria Bantu Normal College, 1953