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Invite you to the
Abe Rabinowitz Memorial Lecture Series
In conversation with...
Prof. Sean Davison
"Euthanasia: the right to die with dignity"
Venue: Cape Town Lodge Hotel, 101 Buitengracht St (Corner of Wale St), Cape Town
Date: Thursday 27 July 2017
Time: 17h30 for 17H45 to be concluded by 19h00
Sean Davison is Director of DignitySA & President of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies. He was born and raised in New Zealand. In 1992 after he completed his PhD in molecular virology at the University of Otago he moved to South Africa to carry out scientific research. He is currently Professor of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape where he carries out research in DNA forensics; he recently changed research focus and is now developing research projects in cognitive neuroscience.
In 2009 Sean published a book, Before We Say Goodbye, which described the three months he spent in New Zealand with his mother before she died. His book revealed that, at the request of his terminally-ill mother, a medical doctor, he gave her crushed morphine tablets in a glass of water to end her suffering. As a consequence of this he was arrested and went on trial for the attempted murder of his mother. Sean’s trial ignited debate on voluntary euthanasia in both South Africa and New Zealand. In 2011, while awaiting his trial, he founded the organisation DignitySA which seeks to change the law in South Africa to allow for voluntary euthanasia.