‘The right time to die’: Canada’s law allowing physician-assisted suicide faces criticism over restrictions


Source: The Washington Post

November 15

TORONTO — Nearly three years into her battle with terminal breast cancer, Audrey Parker, a 57-year-old former television makeup artist who loved doling out fashion advice, decided it was time.

The Halifax woman’s cancer was metastasizing into her bones and brain, leaving her in agony. Parker wanted to end her life on her own terms before the suffering became unendurable, so she applied for a physician-assisted death, she told CTV news.

Though she was approved, there was a problem.

Under Canadian law, patients must be lucid enough to give informed consent to their deaths twice: at the time the request is made and immediately before they are administered the cocktail of life-ending drugs.

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