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When Brittany Maynard committed suicide last November to avoid the prolonged pain of terminal brain cancer, leftist activists began using her story to push bills legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Meanwhile, other terminal cancer patients-like Kara Tippetts of Colorado-say a "dignified death" means living every moment of God-ordained life.

In April 2014, Brittany Maynard’s oncologist told her she had six months to live, due to an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Maynard, 29, of San Francisco, was a newlywed. Citing fear of intense pain, loss of bodily control and being a burden on her family, she decided to end her life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act (DWDA). Signed into law on Oct. 27, 1997, it allows terminally ill Oregonians to end their lives with a voluntary lethal overdose of prescribed medications.

Last October, Maynard posted video on her website announcing she planned to kill herself on Nov. 1. A whirlwind of articles and interviews followed, including her own op-ed on CNN. She became the national spokesperson for the activist group Compassion and Choices—formerly known as the Hemlock Society.

This drew a strong response from the pro-life movement, which also took to the airwaves and the Internet to remind people that all life is precious—from natural birth to natural death, whatever the cause. Other young women fighting cancer spoke openly about why they were choosing to face their disease and all it entails with grace and faith. One of those was Kara Tippetts, a 38-year-old mother of four living in Colorado Springs, Colo., who has blogged about the details of her journey since being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

“Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known,” she wrote in an open letter to Maynard last October. “In choosing your own death,, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending you love in your last breaths.”

Those women’s stories have escalated the debate over the so-called “right to die.” As this issue of Citizen went to press, legislators in Alaska, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, along with the District of Columbia, were set to introduce or already were debating bills legalizing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) this session.

In establishing residency in Oregon—which can be done within 24 hours—Maynard worked to meet the law’s other requirements: She requested the lethal prescription three times—twice orally, and once in writing— proving that she was capable of making her own health care decisions and communicating them.

As the media firestorm raged, Maynard filled a prescription from her doctor—and on Nov. 1, as she had planned, she ended her own life.

Tippetts, meanwhile, was receiving hospice care at home as this issue went to press.

“So, there it is. My little body has grown tired of battle and treatment is no longer helping,” she wrote in a Dec. 29 blog post. “But what I see, what I know, what I have is Jesus. He has still given me breath, and with it I pray I would live well and fade well. By degrees doing both, living and dying, as I have moments left to live.”

Fallacious Framework

“The ‘right’ to die is a misnomer,” says Rita Marker, executive director of the Patients Rights Council, an organization that addresses euthanasia, assisted suicide and end-of-life issues. “We’re all going to die, so this is not a ‘right’ to be exercised. What we’re talking about is whether or not the law should be changed to permit doctors to prescribe death.”

Some claim assisted suicide is compassionate, but Wesley Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, disagrees.

“It’s the opposite of compassion,” he says. “The root meaning of ‘compassion’ is ‘to suffer with.’ True compassion is about bearing others’ burdens yourself. Assisted suicide, in essence, discards the problem in a way that is the method of least resistance.

“I’ve talked to people with brain cancer,” he continues. “When Brittany Maynard became an international celebrity because of suicide, these people have told me how hard it makes it to continue trying to live. The message from the assisted- suicide campaign is, ‘Of course your life isn’t worth living. Of course, if you want to die, we should give you the pills.’ ”

Others say unbearable pain is sufficient reason for patients to end their lives. But “if a patient is in excruciating pain, that doctor does not know what he or she is doing,” Marker says. “A patient in pain doesn’t have the energy to go around picking a new doctor. They need family and friends who will be courteous but firm and say, ‘We want a pain-control specialist.’ ”

Fear of becoming disabled is another leading reason some seek assisted suicide. John Kellythe New England regional director for the grassroots disability-rights group Not Dead Yet—has a unique perspective on that, having been wheelchair-bound since his mid-twenties.

“Not all disabled people are terminal,” he explains, “but everyone with a terminal illness will become disabled.”

Slippery Legal Slope

The fight against PAS has been raging since long before Brittany Maynard’s became a household name.

In Washington v. Glucksberg (1997), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously determined there is no constitutional right to kill one’s self with a doctor’s help. “The history of the law’s treatment of assisted suicide in this country has been and continues to be one of the rejection of nearly all efforts to permit it,” wrote Chief Justice William Rehnquist. “That being the case, our decisions lead us to conclude that the asserted ‘right’ to assistance in committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause.”  

When Congress was considering the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 (which passed the House but died in the Senate), then-Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked, “Do we want doctors deciding who lives and who dies? No, we do not want that. This is a slope, a real slope where we are going to become God. We do not have that power. The Declaration of Independence says that we should have the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing in it says we have the right to pursue death—nothing.”

To date, three states have legalized PAS—Oregon in 1997, Washington in 2008 and Vermont in 2013.

According to the Oregon Public Health Division’s 2013 annual report, since the DWDA passed, doctors in the Beaver State have written 1,173 prescriptions for lethal overdoses, resulting in the deaths of 752 patients.

But of those, only Maynard’s story has gone viral—and Compassion and Choices (C&C) has had no qualms about using it to further its agenda.

“Brittany Maynard is transformative for our movement,” C&C President Barbara Coombs Lee stated in the Nov. 1 issue of Time magazine. “I’ve never felt this energy or seen this level of engagement in any of our campaigns.” A few weeks later, on The Today Show, she said, “The movement has spent 20 years preparing itself for Brittany Maynard to give it real life.”

These “campaigns” are C&C’s efforts to push legislation turning prescribed suicide into a legalized medical practice.

 “Since Oregon’s law,” Marker says, “C&C has proposed more than 140 laws throughout the United States that are virtually identical to Oregon’s. Only Washington and Vermont have passed them.”

No Records

Another activist group, the Death With Dignity National Center, claims on its website that “after 16 years of data demonstrating Death with Dignity laws work as intended with no abuse, there is no rational reason for a legislator to oppose Death with Dignity policy reform.”

Pro-life advocates say there’s no way to tell whether the laws are being abused or not: They don’t require doctors to be present when patients take the medications; death certificates don’t list “assisted suicide” as a cause of death; autopsies are not performed. So there is no way to tell if all the people who have used PAS were terminally ill, or even whether they took the drugs voluntarily.

“The Oregon bill was intentionally written to allow the state no oversight or investigative authority,” says Kelly of Not Dead Yet. “And everyone is given immunity. An heir could pick up the drugs, administer them and then make up a story about ‘acting in good faith.'”

The laws in Oregon, Vermont and Washington laws require doctors to file a form for every assisted suicide, from which the state compiles an annual report.

“When Oregon’s first annual report was issued,” Marker says, “the document stated, ‘We have no way of knowing if the information provided for the report is accurate or complete. For that matter, the entire account could have been a cock-and-bull story.’ They went on to say, ‘We assume, however, that physicians were their usual careful and accurate selves.'”

Death is Cheaper

On Feb. 6, a bill that would have legalized PAS in Colorado failed on an 8-5 bipartisan vote in a legislative committee. Lawmakers said it lacked sufficient safeguards preventing abuse, and witnesses said they were concerned that it contained potential incentives for health insurance companies to push assisted suicide over more expensive medical care. Smith estimates that on the average, PAS costs about $1,000 per patient, while the costs of caring for a terminally ill person through his or her natural demise might run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Two Oregonians—Barbara Wagner of Springfield and Randy Stroop of Dexter—have personal experience with that. Both were diagnosed with terminal cancer. Although their doctors were optimistic about new treatments, in July 2008, the state Medicaid program in which they were both enrolled denied them coverage for the recommended treatment, but offered to pay for prescribed suicide.

Smith says that betrays the most basic underpinnings of modern medicine, which “is supposed to be about healing, about palliating pain,” he explains. “Even five thousand years ago, when taking the Hippocratic Oath, doctors swore not to engage in assisted suicide, because it is in direct conflict with the proper role of the physician. Assisted suicide is killing.

“It has never been a ‘medical treatment’—until the most recent years.”

Kelly agrees.

“Assisted suicide is always going to be a deadly mix with a profit-driven health care system,” he insists. “Once assisted suicide is defined as a ‘treatment,’ it will be the cheapest one.”

PAS activists predicted this very thing long ago. In his 1998 book Freedom to Die, Hemlock Society co-founder Derek Humphry wrote, “In the final analysis, economics, not the quest for broadened individual liberties or increased autonomy, will drive assisted suicide to the plateau of acceptable practice.”

In the wake of Brittany Maynard’s death, it’s clear that our nation is now standing on the brink of that plateau. While pro-life advocates celebrate the recent victory in Colorado, they know only time will tell whether we continue to collectively stand firm for life, or stand aside.

For More Information

To learn more about the Patients Rights Council, visit patientsrightscouncil.org. For more on the Discovery Institute, go to discovery.org. Learn about Not Dead Yet at notdeadyet.org. For the latest statistics on PAS in Oregon, read “Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act—2013,” available at http://1.usa.gov/1g23d8G. Kara Tippetts’ blog can be found at mundanefaithfulness.com. Her book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard (David C Cook, October 2014) is available through Christian Book Distributors.

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Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

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Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

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Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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