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What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Monday, August 19:
Barbara Mancini and her father Joe Yourshaw (Compassion and Choices photo)
Ninety-three-year old Joe Yourshaw was being treated in a Central Pensylvania hospice unit, suffering from diabetes and heart disease. Last February, his daughter, 57 year old Barbara Mancini, requested a dose of morphine because her father was in pain. A few days later, Yourshaw died. The coroner ruled the cause of death was morphine toxicity and called it a homicide.
Mancini has been charged with assisting her father's suicide. She claims she was only trying to ease her father's pain and was not helping him take his own life.
The case has attracted national attention and prompted a campaign that encourages Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to not pursue criminal charges against Mancini.
Monday's Radio Smart Talk examines the Mancini case and the end-of-life issues it raises.
Appearing on the program will be Michael Ciccocioppo , Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation and Barbara Coombs Lee, president of the end-of-life advocacy group Compassion and Choices, which is behind the campaign urging Kane to drop the prosecution.
Four states allow physician assisted suicide, including the state of Oregon. Lee helped write the Oregon law.
What are your thoughts on the Mancini case and physician assisted suicide?
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