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Yesterday, August 1, a Pennsylvania woman named Barbara Mancini endured the first of what may be many days in court, declaring her innocence and fighting for her liberty. An aggressive criminal prosecution by the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office is underway, and she must respond to charges that acting out of love and compassion for her dying father was a crime.
Last February, 93-year-old Joe Yourshaw was under hospice care in his hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was dying from multi-system failure, end-stage diabetes, extensive heart and vascular disease, stroke and kidney failure. He took morphine prescribed by his hospice physicians to relieve his pain. His daughter Barbara is a nurse, and she was helping to care for him.
The police report and criminal complaint make claims about a crime based on motives and intentions. But the undisputed facts are these: Barbara was at his bedside when he drank the partially filled bottle of morphine and lost consciousness. A hospice nurse arrived, and the hospice called 911. EMTs transported Joe to the hospital, over objections that he wanted to die at home. At the hospital they injected Narcan to counteract the morphine and he woke up, irate at finding himself hospitalized. Hospital staff provided extensive medical care, including morphine, until he died there four days later. A coroner declared Joe died from “morphine toxicity” and pronounced his death a homicide. More