TERMINALLY ILL HALIFAX WOMAN WANTS CANADA'S ASSISTED DEATH LAW STRENGTHENED

Oct 31, 2018

By Jane Brown

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A Halifax woman with terminal cancer who plans to end her life on Thursday, says Canada’s assisted dying legislation needs to be improved.

Audrey Parker, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016, says the two year old law will allow her to end her prolonged suffering.

But the 57 year old woman says the law has forced her to choose to die sooner than she would like.

Parker says the problem is that the law says anyone approved for a medically assisted death must be conscious and mentally sound at the moment they give their final consent for a lethal injection.

And so she says that provision means she would be denied her wish to end her life if she were to suddenly become incapacitated by her advanced illness or the pain medication she is taking.

Parker would like to see the law changed to allow for so-called advance requests, which would allow her caregiver to administer the drugs even if she was unable to give her consent.

The federal Liberals have tasked a panel on independent experts to study the issue. A report is expected to be tabled in Parliament in December.

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