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Barbara Mancini  

Advocate for Medical Aid-In-Dying

Dying of diabetes, kidney failure, and heart problems, Barbara’s father, Joe Yourshaw, went into hospice where he planned to die peacefully. He had done everything right: completed his advance directive, signed a do-not-resuscitate order and designated his daughter, Barbara Mancini –herself a registered nurse–his healthcare proxy. He was ready to die – at home.
Instead, his daughter Barbara endured a yearlong nightmare of legal persecution for having simply handed her suffering father his prescribed morphine, which he took. After being revived against his wishes, Joe spent his final days in a hospital, prevented from seeing his daughter while still conscious and knowing she was facing jail time for caring for him. Today, Barbara advocates on behalf of death with dignity.

Speech Topics

Unjust Prosecution for Aiding Suicide

Benefits of Medical Aid-In-Dying

Unwanted Medical Treatment

Advance Directives and End-Of-Life Wishes

Societal Influence on Laws Related to End-Of-Life


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