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RUSS DISCUSSES ASSISTED SUICIDE.

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All right folks good morning happy Friday to you and thanks for tuning in or welcome back if you've been. Through any portion of the first three hours of today's exciting live local -- castle show right here on WORV. 1063. Privilege and honor and a pleasure to be with you anything you wanna talk about on this Friday is fine with me if you can do -- Talk on the air with this video these -- advantage talk lines. Got two available at the moment told free it's 8003471063. That's 800. 3471063. If you don't wanna do that you can text us at 71307. Joan held on through the news and she's up first I jump. I hurry don't -- I am fine I hope you. I'm doing very well comics. I'm 82 years old and I have not had the education which you -- I don't and the look at dealer at but I know right or wrong and our children. Not being topics are adults don't know it. And it had the morals don't gone -- -- to our. -- to tradition has been raped my treat them have been stolen and my name more than likely found this so called the content -- lift. Okay and it's not. Right. I think you're very particulate. A bank kept and I -- I feel okay. How can -- -- and listen it's good yeah the way you feel is one thing when I just heard he's you know what you believe -- you explain why you believe it. Amen -- -- you know. I would -- high school where rule in 1940 it -- sixty okay. We had black kids -- our school and we respected each other we looked out to treat each other. And it's not that way anymore and it's sad it really breaks my heart if there was a better place to move do I would have. Probably a long time ago. And I are gonna tell you as things are changing so rapidly we hear it in the news every day and we talk about. You know our frustration we we long for any kind of leadership for anybody just to express. What we know in our in our lives and in our hearts. And sadly. There's there's no one and stepping forward it's -- certainly is true only political realm we have a few bright stories. You know appear from time to time. And then what happens to them even members of their own party tried to destroy them. You know is just it's it's fascinating it's a wonderful time to be alive. And see what I believe the property is the prophecy unfold but the the other thing is you know being flawed human beings it's also very frustrating and people every day they they asked me there. What can we do what can be done in god and I told them you know what I think the truth is a bad and then they called me a fear monger. -- also I don't know -- to win but. But it's it's right here in front of us and the only thing I know that we can count on -- in this day and age is god in the power of prayer. Analog got -- I have not I can't let anybody in control. Yeah no kidding yeah we know we know who's in control. Yeah well idiot. Now I. I. I've turned into the Bible says he hates liars do what need to say more moment we don't want just don't know already when they -- -- wake up for a if it couldn't be too light clothing stay. Well it definitely will be too late one of these days there's no doubt about bad but. The sad thing when people asked that question is we have to realize. That there will be some. Who will never -- Major they just won't. And -- -- don't. You don't know even though we try and you know we we try our email question to out of love to explain it to them. They have their hards there they're hard to adjust to Harden and they they will never ever ever except. What we believed to be the truth thank you may -- and they have agreed we can Joan thank you -- to rest. All right -- I've been singing this all week long and here we are to the final hour of the week for for the -- castle show. So I want to bring it up. -- ask about this and it's been a very busy week which send their top. Have you heard about. This 29 year old woman. Who is going through just a horrible. Horrible. Time. She has a brain -- 29 years old. And she has decided to go public with this. And she has announced. Then coming up on November 1. That with withheld she's going to end her life. This came up and -- today with a couple of my doors. They rescind database in distress and yeah I've seen the story in the bear what do you think about it. She's written this letter and it just it really terrorists in your heart I mean it really really dogs. And I. -- -- Last night and again this morning for Britney made. Curiously folks. I don't quite get this. I know she's fighting. She says for. A person's right to in their life. But I I think that's mislead. Let me explain why. If if an individual. Wants to end it'll. There's really if they really really have decided to end their life there's nothing you can do. Even if they tried multiple times. Maybe. People intervene at the last moment I've read the other day where a local police officer. Kept an individual from jumping off an interstate bridge year. But if a person is made up their mind. That they're gonna in their life. They're gonna in their life one where -- the other. Now what -- woman seems to be advocating is she wants somebody to help her web. Now she says she wants. The die -- dignity. What she's talking about. I believe is euthanasia. And I just don't understand. Let me explain this. If somebody. I mean how many ways are there to end at all. If you really are going through a horrible time this woman has a brain tumors she's shown. It and if you really have made up your mind that's not the way I wanna live. She's looked at but the doctors say in and she's decided to do that. Then. I don't quite get. The point of going public with -- if that's what you've decided to do. Now what I'm reading between the lines here's -- commanders scared she's scared and in who wouldn't be. I understand it -- But. Why is he in this is what I -- open up the phone lines for discussion you don't have to talk about this but. Why do you need help. Can you think of any reason why you would need help. I mean if you're really really. Can't take it anymore. And -- and plus if if in states like where she is if they have these laws. Did say that you can you know get somebody to help you she's in Oregon. -- -- organs one of only five states where this so called death with dignity is authorized. Refreshing move from California. And established residency. Just so that. On November 1. She can get them to help Purdue had never family. So she's there is a campaign and it's very compelling anywhere especially -- and share her story which. But is that the kind of thing to bed. You think should be available in every state including right here in South Carolina is this a matter. But boy is it a matter of dignity. Why why did why would you need someone to help you do. You know years ago this came up with what was his name on so Jack Kevorkian and I think. We talked about it then. Then you think about order what does this leave to -- euthanasia out all the custom. But here's the other thing I told my children when this came. You know what I know. Regardless this type of thing happens every day. It happens every day in a hospital. Somebody decides. To bold -- Sometimes family members have to make that. Incredibly. Difficult decision. You can't tell me. Or maybe you can. That everyday somewhere including here. Someone in. Someone decides okay this person is in pain this is horrible. Let's give them a little bit more -- You can tell made that everywhere. I mean. Somewhere. This someone. Decides okay. This person suffered enough. It could be a doctor could be a nurse. And yeah I could do this. And prolong this but you know what I'm not gonna do. So really why do you need to have these five states where it's a matter of -- -- -- -- -- What about. The morality. Of this is this more. Is this the right thing to do any of you out there ever been through this sort of situation. When a family member. An investor's sole discretion what would lord in heaven tell me what's the right thing to do. What about the possibility of a miracle. You know this woman who's 29 years old is said November 1 it -- she's gone public with -- yet. Up in Michigan there's another story. In Michigan mom. Says no she's waiting for her miracle she is a terminally ill four year old boy. And she's turned to prayer and social media for help her name is Tammy -- car. Lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was given the horrifying news that her son shared. Also has and in operable tumor on his brain -- He was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic. Pond teen. -- I don't know. So rare brain -- Average rate of survival was nine to twelve months. She posted a message on FaceBook hoping the power of prayer will help -- -- on. She said quote we now need prayers. It's my hope this goes viral. Billions fall in love with -- Prayed for him because it's going to take a miracle. LaMont said I believe it can happen and I hope you'll help him spread the story which is what I'm doing right now. Two totally different approaches. Now I've wanted to talk about these stories all week at all. But here we are right here now. And I know. Because my instincts serve me well. There are some stories in this audience people have gone through this. The morality of it the ethics of it. Is that right. Is it wrong. I'd love to hear what you think about this. 180347106380347. 1063. This or anything that you wanna talk about our -- 171307. -- was talked to Jimmy on a cell -- I Jimmy. Hey I'll -- -- today is fine. Great I called about the falling gas prices but I would like to -- him to have come up faster on this so the issue the issue brought up was sure. Really really but he did a great job bringing it up. Let me just say from the Bible its -- three captains sickness in the Bible. The first -- sickness and to -- in other words there's sickness and we went crowd to god and ask him to idealists. And he does he may use medical means and dockers and so forth. But first candidate sickness and to -- The second can of the fitness center chest pass to. That means that we as a Christian are rejecting God's leadership and our lives we -- maybe doing something we shouldn't do and god allows things to happen so that we will be corrected you didn't -- says he disciplined those two mile. So signature inventories were god heals us uses medical means order remains are some time just divine intervention. Two for maybe one of these Malaysia over the researcher talking about that -- -- so mayor immune systems strongly. And the Indian response to their prayers and crying out to him and god gives gives their immune system the power to kill this. Different cancer and there are at least stop being in this traction in the news system built up and then heal the body right. They're like god created and then so the sickness and the glory the sickest -- the -- Bob good god disciplines such contempt sounds about also as we take the lord's supper if we take it wouldn't come clear conscience and -- Obama's about to be. To have this is a significant other had a cold or something when -- you -- you know couldn't forgive somebody. I didn't report supper and then as quick as a pastor and over the last you know -- speaking -- me through that. I'm not saying all cold or because a -- on the same for me personally. I forgave a person. And I felt better in my experience in an -- small body told Oprah and I felt better but that's that's the that's just me. Arctic signature from the glory. 600 just government and in the third kind of sickness is a sickness unto death. That means God's calling -- home our body this morning out I had a twenty year old son that cancer. Five years ago. And I have four young man and three government ministry. Here and and that went -- for young man he's playing basketball at North Korean people. And it was terrible we cried out to god every way possible they needed to end the -- said the community got its fiscal he'll -- about taking me it happened. That's the way you can do it and so. It was a signal from the death for Jordan my son. And it was it's it's still difficult to handle it better and with god we're handling it day by day -- -- the Brothers were so close to him there's still so close to him and in their heart. But there is a significant of this. If we decide to take our own lives. When god has you know allowed us to live in the end and and the world it's not -- not -- garden -- beaten in the whole thing. We can't listen to go wrong wrong. Think we can listen to the accuser of the -- the Bible talks about we have an enemy. Accuser and the people stopped and our minds sometimes we don't even know there. Not our thoughts but they are. He's meeting ended just give up but can that thing -- since he came this deal. And in the fact that mr. -- He's a black it's. He won't stand it anymore just not -- what got -- turner and he. And then this he -- Euthanasia. Is so it's two words in the great if you which EU which means well or good and and severance costs mean its debt. -- -- Good death now got a bit more of this -- never wanted death. He doesn't like -- he came to destroyed this he did he destroy the penalty for last -- this resurrection there that we all I. And but the world puts you that eagle summit talks and Merrill argued -- nation there because it doesn't have a -- confrontation. The moral connotation yes but gotten just -- -- and signal system -- That we except take -- watch. And not craft -- god for longer lives to do so we can be beneficial for others to my cabinet -- fail. Then you know that's not the best way -- had -- -- seeing precious little. Beautiful girls teenage girl one time and -- -- -- we don't know what happened. She was from a Christian family they don't know what happened and that happens. But it's the Bible base consists release side which means I am going outside must -- on the kill myself. Is not God's will it's the best way is still that this to cry out to France to pray for you. To task got -- view. And make sure that you know god personally through Christ. And then that can happen but what one thing we need to keep in mind too. Rescue your really perceptive and spiritual things don't listen to you lot. And you -- taken -- -- we're we must be running into that type of sowing and reaping right now. What I'm saying is we have aborted so many we've killed abortion that's another non. More connotation that we put out its smoker it's it's it's. The child. Killing in the -- That we may be moving into the tower is to where we basically fast sixty million kids we have so killing. And now we will be through obamacare whatever. We will be used to last. We will so we will reap what we have slowed and -- but as a pastor. I even isolated I know but I did it Jamie I appreciate it so much thank you for the call I take a break down. It's 1125. -- line here's a few. Russ -- is -- In suicide. -- right to die and be careful at some point -- become the obligation. To dying. The Obama Nation is already pushing for that. -- I'm a big fan of the right and an individual to refuse help but I'm not a fan of the rights of an individual. To use medicine to harm or in life. It's a violation of the hippocratic oath it's a violation of your role as a Steward of life doctor bin in Greer. -- Okay are good that second. Are your distrust. God knows and should dictate when a person dies. But we were both born in descending air ago as humans we feel we have to control. When we do not look to god to do our bidding and our decision making of course that is just -- But we're going to send this woman you're talking about who wants to commit suicide due to a tumor. Has no faith or she would let god controller destiny. And not consider herself. Her own life -- Therefore. God within herself and that's. Pagan is just a thought -- and in -- All right hang on -- hang on Richard we'll get your calls right after this news update it's 113035. Let's talk when James James thank you for waiting. Hi Megan. Got -- This I I don't. Hear -- out of -- -- the -- report here. On. -- got a little bit on -- several point. Ten minutes -- You're pretty good -- there that or worry but all. Want to deal don't destroyed. I would just make. It into bowl a ball that he -- I'm. Too. Much jail with out. God according. Did you don't get him -- despite new and -- It is bigger one -- there -- meant it or. In. Any. Errors that we -- -- -- Gordon got. That it it repeal. Out. And -- it means you can't get into a -- it. It's a bastard in that. Column. Because it that it won't do this. -- -- And tore it off and I next what is it what's brought this -- right. First -- and. Yeah let me ask you about dead cinch you said you're in hospice right. What warriors. I got your I just got a text from. From a nurse. And this nurse says plainly I'm hospice nurse. And help people die with dignity and no pain. And your redundant. -- Did you feel guilty at all about that. Now. Not all YouTube viewed in this city if you didn't you don't have any sort of thoughts even have any second thoughts. This -- curry and I mean -- accelerating. Your current and we want -- aimed -- you were managing the arm. Connected with -- Debt -- that we didn't. We didn't have been. You know they would god in god we. Purely for big commitment and not opting out. But you can't get to the point that now correct me if I'm wrong then I'm. Not the medical I think I'm sure you well. You can get to the point where. You can help someone die with a certain amount of painkillers right. So -- most people out of fear more pain and -- you out. I would stay and do -- but you know. Or -- get more. You that. You can. Suppression operation then I'll -- -- actually Telerate. In all winter -- Suppresses respiration. You can you can given up morphine -- person's heart stops. No you can't. -- -- out of our product of their lungs and their respiratory rate being to broad enough. Ryan -- -- reckless but understand that. Typically. Something that after hospital building which you -- -- -- be in the home getting well. So there the first cut back -- which met there with corporate it if you are. When you get ready and eager are acting local so is smaller. Amount I'd be more not look back respiration. And getting beat -- -- -- And I thought all of our. At the course. Is -- on medication narcotics were greeted. It requires more work to get -- -- -- Aggregate people do do do people do develop a tolerance to it and and that's one of the leading causes of addiction. Right but what are your hot escalation more rock and addiction of course not. Big guy is it inoperable tumor. But he this year we. Provide -- without exploration. And might get it is that how many. Here OJ. And eight. More and more people walk it. And nobody wants to suffer. People wanted to be painless. It's a fact of life sometimes death is painful. But if they don't -- debating. Which I didn't -- it you can afford it. Wouldn't you. Well that that's something that people what our moral line. Well somebody can end so somebody can take care of dad. I have advocated. Through planning. For people to think about the moment. I have certainly and to talk about it with their families because so many people don't talk about it and and to make it simple. I have told my family and I'll say it publicly if it gets to the point. Where it seems like in the doctors and I'm unconscious in the doctors say. There's nothing else we can do. Then you know please don't continue. You know it with a with wife supports. And and I had -- Powell admitted to -- it's simple but one of my reasons is because. I don't want. Financially. Everything that I've worked so hard -- to be taken from my family and have to wind up you know paying a medical -- So throughout. Well look hypothetical question and I'd and I would I would -- I hate it that's what ever happened you. I don't look at OK imagine here later in your apps at all. Right according to -- And they're -- -- created. By my god that you got right. Now there's -- repeat it at a hospital. And they say. -- your virtual. You can at home. People from -- all. It's. Already died here. And we don't know what were actually got a kick you out beat this -- they think that you're. You're pretty good at bat -- July when they come and help with the thought that. -- -- always be there. Agree you. Are certain all. Is being. And we. Had or they came home. That you. -- Really happened thirty -- or that they do her. And that it -- an Olympic or do. Why not -- person outpatient in my experience. Why it would die and what they're caught. Home. Nobody. There or there -- -- Why is there or why we don't have any power in Iraq. But he didn't get. Out what are they are certain people around me which they. -- -- I can answer that part of it the other part is is just so thought provoking I gotta think about it here you talk but. There is no doubt in my mind and I've also made this clear if possible. I wanna be at home. I I wanna be at home I and I don't wanna beat I've I've spent enough for my life too much in my life in hospitals and hospital rooms. And I'm grateful that third -- or don't get me wrong. But added -- I've spent enough time. There if if he gets to that point and I think most people would say -- I wanna be home James I got to go but I I really enjoyed. I enjoyed the conversation thanks for making us all think are at 1143. 1145. -- -- show you know we have them. Story out this week that Americans are living longer now. But buried in this story about life expectancy. Is going up. Is another figure. There was a widely reported the suicide rate is the highest it's been in 25 years. -- -- that figure has been increasing since the year 2000. Robert Sanderson who oversees the CDC branch that issued this report on Wednesday said quote it's really hard to understand why. So while life expectancy. You know is rising and people say you made the suicide rate. Rose more than 2% to twelve point six per. The twelve point six. Suicide deaths per 100000. Americans. That is the highest it's been since 1987. When the suicide rate was twelve point 8%. Back to this young girl issued just joining us here's how fox reported this and wait no we -- talk about this. When doctors told Britney Maynard got her days were numbered due to a progressive brain tumor of the 29 year old decided to take charge of her life. She is now chosen November 1 as the day she will die. After her wedding last year Maynard began having severe headaches. In January she was diagnosed with -- grade to -- crew so Toma. Which is a severe brain tumor. While she was actually on vacation -- husband doctors initially gave her ten years to live. Then later it's into the progressing to go IO blessed -- -- forming. Which is the deadliest form of cancer. Average life expectancy fourteen months. Doctors told Britney Maynard her -- would likely be slow and painful. But she decided to choose your own ending. Days after her husband's thirtieth birthday. Britney Maynard will end her life using medication prescribed by a doctor in Oregon. Surrounded by her husband mother and best friend. Her family actually moved -- to Oregon earlier this year because the state has the death with dignity act. Which allows people to choose to -- using medication. Since the act was in stated in 1997. More than 750 people have taken advantage of during the last days of -- Britain -- plans to raise awareness of end of life rights by working with life rights advocacy organization. Compassion. And choices. And something called the Brittany Maynard fund. She also made available and published in a letter. This is from CNN. -- made my right to die with dignity at 29. A New Year's Day after months of suffering from debilitating headaches I learned I had brain cancer I was 29 years old married for just over a year. My husband and I we're trying for a family. Our lives devolved in the hospital stays doctor consultations and medical research. Nine days after my initial diagnosis. I had a partial crane he autonomy. And a partial re section of my temporal -- both surgeries. Or an effort to stop the growth to -- tumor. In April I learned that not only have my tumor come back but he was more aggressive doctors gave me a prognosis of six months to live. Because my tumor so large doctors prescribed full brain radiation. I read about the site affects. The hair on my scalp. Would have been singed off my scalp would be left covered with first degree burns. My quality of life for so I knew it would be going. After months of research my family and I reached a heartbreaking heartbreaking conclusion. There's no treatment they would save my life and the recommended treatment would have destroyed the time I have left. I considered passing away and hospice care at my San Francisco Bay Area home but even with. Paley -- -- of medication. I can develop potentially morphine resistant pain. And suffered and suffer personality changes and verbal cognitive and motor loss of virtually any kind. Because the rest of my body is young and healthy I'm likely to physically hang on for a long time even though cancer. Is eating my mind. I probably would have suffered in the house hospice care for weeks 32 months and my family would have had to watch that. I didn't want this nightmare scenario for my family -- started researching death -- dignity. It is an end of life option for mentally competent terminally ill patients. With a prognosis of six months or less to live. It would enable me to use the medical practice of aid in dying. I can request and receive a prescription from a position for medication. That I did so from -- to in my dying process if it becomes unbearable. I quickly decided to death -- dignity was the best option for me and my family. We have to uproot from California to Oregon because organs one of only five states reduce -- -- dignity is authorized. I met the criteria for death with dignity and organ. But establishing residency in the state to make use of the law required a monumental number of changes. I -- new positions establish residency in Portland search for a new home. Get a new driver's license change my voter registration and -- people to take care of our animals and my husband Dan. He had to leave it take a leave of absence from his job the vast majority of families do not have the flexibility resource is. And time to make all these changes. I've had a medication for weeks now I am not suicidal if I were. I would have consumed the medication long ago I do not want to dive but I am dying. And I wanna -- my own terms. I would not tell anyone else that he or she should should choose death with dignity my question is. Who has the right to tell me that I don't deserve this choice. That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain why should anyone have the right to make their choice for me. Now that I've had the prescription filled and it's in my position I have experienced a tremendous sense of relief. In if I decide to change my mind about taking the medication I won't take it. Having this choice at the end of my life has become incredibly important. It has given me a sense of peace you're -- tumultuous time that otherwise would be dominated by fear uncertainty and pain. Now I'm able to move forward in my remaining days or weeks I have on this beautiful or to seek joy in law of and to spend time traveling to outdoor wonders of nature with those are low and I know that I have a safety net. I hope for the sake of my fellow citizens. That I'll never meet. They'll never made that this option is available to you. If you ever find yourself walking a mile in my shoes I hope. You would at least be given the same choice and that no one tries to take it from you when my suffering becomes too great. I can say to all those I love I love you can be -- my side and come say good -- as I pass into whatever's next. I will -- upstairs in my bedroom with my husband mother stepfather and best friend by my side and passed peacefully. I can imagine trying to rob anyone else of that choice. The words of Brittany. -- and hurt. -- back to ramped up after this. -- quickly williams' high end. Fight -- -- because not real quiet but I interviewed. -- ritual suicide belt which could affect what you might -- -- do the right. They would be Katie Davis suffered and they don't know I think they were born into the slot to. Remember when Kobe born and doing good everybody with new groups. And it the ropes and I ended June will be introduced back to -- -- don't you you know -- -- like they got engaged but also. Call me. Well said thank you sir Gary quickly high. Kennedy arm -- -- one -- -- have to good friend of -- -- got. Exciting thing is this person go to -- Ellen you know at McLaren and go to the church -- very Smart. Not -- not you can -- and spoken well I thought they were there were able to transcriptions too and that's sort of kid with contempt and don't. And god love that you should give it to -- conditional. And you know I could -- could consider realized what you see -- sure. No it's true God's love is conditional it's called repentance. But I don't wanna get into theological argument -- you but it is very conditional. -- -- And some ungodly -- -- for commit suicide don't. CNN is a Christian and then committed suicide made human error. They're packaging materials of the deal estate newsstand that it will go ahead on me I'm not I'm not trying to be competitive. We know none under under under and I don't know we've had this argument before us there's two arguments on this. I talked read this one time before because a lot of people think you know that if you commit suicide then you're going straight to hell. And I talked about that before and I had a person even our building challenge that she said her pastor has said it made sense to me. Then if you truly have been saved if your salvation is authentic. Then that can never be taken away from you that can be taken away from you and -- -- since the depression lie ahead is if you do. Commit suicide. Is your salvation true is your salvation truly authentic. And she said mom and have to think about that -- so. Thanks for bringing it up on the baby -- think about for the weekend thanks for great week folks stay tuned the Rush Limbaugh program coming up now.