On Thursday May 7, 2015, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th & Vine Sts, in Room 405, the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU) was honored to host speaker and aid-in-dying advocate Barbara Mancini, who gave her presentation, “From Accused to Advocacy.” Here is the video of Barbara’s talk at our meeting. Due to a camera error, we missed the Q&A portion, but all of Barbara’s talk is here.
Barbara Mancini was arrested in 2013 and prosecuted on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after she handed him his prescribed morphine. Police and hospice workers ignored his written advanced directives, and he was hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end of life wishes.
Barbara’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention, and it was roundly criticized in the media. Her case was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes in October 2014. She has become an advocate for end of life choice, and will talk about her ordeal, the intrusion of religion into this criminal case, and the implications for all who are facing end of life issues.
More about our Speaker:
Barbara Mancini lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two teenage daughters.She has been a nurse for over two decades. In 2013 she was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death.
A hospice nurse and police ignored his written advanced directives, and he was hospitalized and treated in deﬁance of his end-of-life wishes. Barbara’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention, and it was roundly criticized throughout the media.
Her case was dismissed when a Schuylkill County Court judge, The Honorable Jacqueline Russell, granted her petition for habeas corpus, concluding that “ A jury may not receive a case where it must rely on conjecture to reach a verdict. As the case presented tot the Court would not warrant submission to a jury due to the lack of competent evidence elicited by the Commonwealth on the crime charged – with the Commonwealth’s reliance on speculation and guess serving as an inappropriate means to prove its case – Defendant’s petition for habeas corpus is being granted.”
She was interviewed about her case on TV’s 60 Minutes and has become a vocal advocate for end-of-life choice.