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Halifax’s Audrey Parker – who pushed for assisted dying changes – dies

Audrey Parker, diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer which had metastasized to her bones and has a tumour on her brain, talks about life and death at her home in Halifax on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Parker, who is terminally ill and plans to end her life Thursday with medical assistance, says she has embraced her fate, sought the comfort of friends and wasted no time feeling sorry for herself in the two years since her diagnosis.
Audrey Parker, diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer which had metastasized to her bones and has a tumour on her brain, talks about life and death at her home in Halifax on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Parker, who is terminally ill and plans to end her life Thursday with medical assistance, says she has embraced her fate, sought the comfort of friends and wasted no time feeling sorry for herself in the two years since her diagnosis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

A terminally ill Halifax woman ended her life this afternoon with medical assistance – but not before issuing a deathbed plea to federal lawmakers.

Audrey Parker was given a series of lethal injections while she was surrounded by family and a few friends at her apartment in Halifax.

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Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016, she decided to end her prolonged suffering by turning to Canada’s relatively new assisted dying law.

However, the outspoken and tenacious 57-year-old woman soon learned there was a catch, which she said forced her to choose to die sooner than she would have liked.

Earlier today, she issued an impassioned statement on Facebook, saying the law had to be changed.

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In particular, she said she wanted Ottawa to drop a provision that 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.

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Parker said that provision means she would have been denied her wish to end her life with medical assistance if she had become incapacitated by her illness or medication.

In a statement, which she said forced her to choose to die sooner than she would have liked.

Earlier today, she issued an impassioned statement on Facebook, saying the law had to be changed.

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In particular, she said she wanted Ottawa to drop a provision that 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.

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Parker said that provision means she would have been denied her wish to end her life with medical assistance if she had become incapacitated by her illness or medication.

In a statement this afternoon, friends say Parker “died peacefully.”