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CBN NewsWatch: June 11, 2013

On Newswatch, June 11: NSA whistleblower target of international manhunt, Plan B foes 'disappointed' in White House reversal, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," LEAKING

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, WHAT

COMES NEXT FOR THE N.S.A.

WHISTLE-BLOWER.

Wendy: PLUS, PUTTING

YOUR STAMP ON THE

MORNING-AFTER PILL, WHY THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT

WILL COMPLY WITH THE JUDGE'S

ORDER ON THE DRUG.

Mark: AND HEAR HOW

CHRISTIANS ARE ADDRESSING

MENTAL ILLNESSES.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

A HERO TO SOME, A TRAITOR TO

ANOTHERS.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

EITHER WAY, THE MAN WHO SAYS

HE LEAKED N.S.A.

SURVEILLANCE SECRETS IS ON

THE RUN TONIGHT.

AND THE F.B.I. IS IN

PURSUIT.

DALE HURD HAS MORE ABOUT

EDWARD SNOWDEN IN TONIGHT'S

TOP STORY.

Reporter: HE IS ONE OF

THE MOST-WANTED MEN IN THE

WORLD, AND HE IS APPARENTLY

NOT FINISHED EXPOSING U.S.

GOVERNMENT SECRETS.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT

MORE SIGNIFICANT REVELATIONS

THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN

HEARD.

Reporter: TODAY EDWARD

SNOWDEN'S EMPLOYER, DEFENSE

CONTRACTOR BOOZ ALLEN FIRED

HIM.

HE IS REPORTED TO STILL BE

IN HONG KONG.

THE F.B.I. IS LOOKING FOR

HIM.

AGENTS SHOWED UP AT THE HOME

OF SNOWDEN'S FATHER IN

ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA,

LOOKING FOR INFORMATION

ABOUT HIS WHEREABOUTS.

HE HAS ALREADY BLOWN THE

COVER ON TWO SWEEPING U.S.

SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS, AN

EFFORT, HE SAYS, TO HELP THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE PROTECT

THEIR PRIVACY.

THE N.S.A. SPECIFICALLY

TARGETS THE COMMUNICATIONS

OF EVERYONE.

Reporter: HOUSE SPEAKER

JOHN BOEHNER CONDEMNED

SNOWDEN'S LEAK IN AN

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

GOOD MORNING AMERICA'S

GEORGE STEPANOPOULOS.

HE IS A TRAITOR.

THESE PROGRAMS HELP KEEP

AMERICANS SAFE AND GIVE US

TOOLS TO FIGHT THE TERRORIST

THREATS WE FACE.

Reporter: BUT SNOWDEN

HAS BEEN PRAISED BY SOME AS

A HERO.

OVER 50,000 HAVE SIGNED AN

ONLINE PETITION DEMANDING

THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PARDON

HIM.

AND HE HAS WON PRAISE FROM

THE MAN WHO LEAKED THE

PENTAGON PAPERS IN 1971,

DANIEL ELLSBERG.

HE GIVES ME HOPE WE MAY

ACTUALLY GAIN OUR BILL OF

RIGHTS.

Reporter: BUT THE

GOVERNMENT SAYS THE SECRETS

REVEALED HAVE DONE GRAVE

DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL

SECURITY.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: FOR MORE ON

THIS, WE TURN TO PAUL

BONITELLI, THE VICE

PRESIDENT OF REGENT

UNIVERSITY AND AN EXPERT ON

FOREIGN POLICY.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON

THE SHOW.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

Wendy: THIS IS

CERTAINLY AN INTERESTING

STORY.

AND NOW THE OTHER COUNTRIES

AROUND THE WORLD ARE GETTING

UPSET ABOUT THIS, AND MAYBE

RIGHTLY SO.

DO OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE

REASON FOR CONCERN?

IT DEPENDS ON THE

COUNTRY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF COUNTRIES

THAT HAVE STRONG CIVIL

LIBERTIES PROTECTIONS, BILL

OF RIGHTS PROTECTIONS, AND

THEY DON'T LIKE THE

HYPOCRISY.

THEY KNOW THE UNITED STATES

IS THE PLACE THAT RECEIVES

ASYLUM-SEEKERS, AND YET WE

LOOK LIKE WE'RE DOING

EXACTLY WHAT WE CONDEMN

OTHER COUNTRIES FOR.

THAT IS ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE

ARGUMENT, OF COURSE.

THERE IS A PERFECTLY GOOD

ARGUMENT ON THE OTHER SIDE.

BUT IT POSSESS CONCERN FOR

THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF

THE ARGUMENT.

CHINA IS ONE OF THEM.

IT IS NOT JUST A COINCIDENCE

ON THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT

WITH THE CHINESE PREMIER,

THE STORY CAME OUT.

Wendy: COULD THIS HURT

THE PRESIDENT AND THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION ON THE

INTERNATIONAL LEVEL?

I WOULD SAY THAT IT CAN'T

HURT HIM ANY WORSE THAN HE

HAS ALREADY HURT HIMSELF.

HE CLAIM INTO THE OFFICE

PROCLAIMING A NEW

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD,

HE WOULD BE DIFFERENT FROM

GEORGE BUSH, AND RIGHT NOW

THE POPULARITY OF THE UNITED

STATES IS JUST AS LOW OR

LOWER AROUND THE WORLD AS IT

WAS WITH GEORGE W. BUSH.

THIS WILL ONLY ADD TO HIS

PROBLEMS OF BEING A NEW AND

DIFFERENT KIND OF PRESIDENT,

BUT WAS NOT GOING TO HAVE

THE UNITED STATES AS THE

AGGRESSIVE, BUT WE WERE

GOING TO WORK WITH OTHERS

AND TAKE A STEP BACK.

THAT IS PROBABLY IMPOSSIBLE

TO RECOVER NOW THAT THIS

TYPE OF THING HAS COME OUT.

Wendy: LET'S TALK ABOUT

THE 29-YEAR-OLD MAN BEHIND

THIS LEAK, EDWARD SNOWDEN.

SOME PEOPLE SAY HE IS A HERO

AND OTHERS A TRAITOR.

THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO

BE A WHISTLE-BLOWER, AND HE

HASN'T FOLLOWED THAT.

HE HAS IMMEDIATELY MET THE

-- LEFT THE COUNTRY.

HE SAID HE WILL GO INTO THE

ARMS OF COUNTRIES THAT ARE

NOT THE FRIENDLIEST.

HE TALKS ABOUT GOING TO

ICELAND, BUT HE HAS NOT DONE

IT THE RIGHT WAY, THE NOBLE

WAY, WHERE HE STAYS IN THE

UNITED STATES.

HE GETS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

ON HIS SIDE WHO WOULD HAVE

SUPPORTED HIM.

AND HE HAS DONE IT IN A FAR

TOO DRAMATIC WAY FOR SOME

PEOPLE TO TAKE HIM AS

SINCERE.

Wendy: OKAY.

AND HOW IS THIS GOING TO

AFFECT U.S.-CHINESE

RELATIONS?

YOU TOUCHED ON THAT.

I THINK THE CHINESE WILL

SEE THIS AS A WIN FOR THEM,

THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES

EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE

ACCUSED OF DOING, THEY'LL

PUT IT THAT WAY.

IF HE ACTUALLY ENDS UP IN

CHINA, IT WILL REALLY BE A

BIG COUP FOR HIM.

OVERALL, THE CHINESE WANT TO

CONTINUE A TRADING

RELATIONSHIP, AND THEY WANT

US TO STOP BEING THE

DOMINANT PRESENCE IN CHINA.

AND THIS WON'T REALLY EFFECT

THOSE TWO ISSUES FOR THEM.

Wendy: DOCTOR, THANKS

SO MUCH FOR YOUR IN SIGHT.

Mark: MOST AMERICANS

THINK THE NEWLY REVEALED

N.S.A. SURVEILLANCE TACTICS

ARE OKAY.

ACCORDING TO A NEW

"WASHINGTON POST" RESEARCH

POL, 56% OF THE AMERICANS

SAY IT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR THE

GOVERNMENT TO USE PHONE

TRACKING TO INVESTIGATE

POSSIBLE TERRORIST THREATS,

EVEN IF IT MEANS

COMPROMISING PERSONAL

PRIVACY.

52% THINK INVESTIGATING SUCH

THREATS IS MORE IMPORTANT

THAN POSSIBLE PRIVACY

INVASION.

41% SAY THE PRACTICE IS

UNACCEPTABLE.

Wendy: A

MULTI-DENOMINATIONAL GROUP

OF OHIO CHURCHES IS WORRIED

THAT THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH

CARE LAW DOES NOT PROTECT

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

THE OHIO COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

IS CALLING FOR MORE TO BE

DONE TO BROADEN THE

RELIGIONS EXCEPTION

EXEMPTION IN THE PLAN'S

CONTRACEPTION MANDATE.

THE GROUP SAYS IT DOESN'T

OPPOSE MOST OF OBAMA CARE,

BUT IT IS CONCERNED ABOUT

THE DEFINITION OF A

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION, AND

ITS IMPACT ON RELIGIOUS

CHARITIES, HOSPITALS, AND

UNIVERSITIES.

Mary: THE WHITE HOUSE

IS GIVING UP ITS FIGHT TO

STOP THE OVER-THE-COUNTER

SALES OF THE MORNING AFTER

PILLS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR

AGE.

IT COMES AFTER ABORTION

RIGHTS GROUPS CRITICIZED THE

PRESIDENT FOR SIDING WITH

SOCIAL CONVERSATION.

Reporter: THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT IS DROPPING ITS

LEGAL EFFORTS TO BLOCK THE

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION FOR

YOUNG GIRLS WITHOUT

PRESCRIPTIONS.

THAT MEANS ONE STEP MORNING

AFTER PILLS CAN BE SOLD OVER

THE COUNTER TO ANYONE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN

FIGHTING TO PREVENT TEENS

FROM HAVING ACCESS TO THE

PILLS SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE.

President Obama: AS THE

FATHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS, I

THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US

TO MAKE SURE THAT WE APPLY

SOME COMMON SENSE WHEN IT

COMES TO OVER-THE-COUNTER

MEDICINE.

HALF OF THE PEOPLE FOR

WOMEN'S RIGHTS GROUPS SAY

THE ADMINISTRATION'S

REVERSAL ON THE ISSUE IS A

STEP FORWARD FOR WHAT THEY

CALL REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE.

IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP

AND WE WANT THEM NOW TO TAKE

THE NEXT IMPORTANT STEP, AND

MAKE THE TWO-PILL VERSION

AND OFTEN MORE AFFORDABLE

AVAILABLE TO ALL WOMEN ON

THE SAME BASIS.

Reporter: BUT OPPONENTS

CRITICIZED THE GOVERNMENT

FOR NOT STICKING WITH ITS

DECISION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FAMILY

RESEARCH COUNCIL SAID,

"WE'RE VERY CONCERNED AND

DISAPPOINTED AT THE SAME

TIME BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE

HERE IS THE GOVERNMENT

CASING TO POLITICAL PRESSURE

INSTEAD OF PUTTING FIRST THE

HEALTH AND SAFETY OF GIRLS

AND PARENTAL RIGHTS."

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE

F.D.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE ACTED INDEPENDENTLY

IN DECIDING HOW TO PROCEED

WITH THE CASE.

AND THEY'RE CONTINUING THAT

APPROACH, REFERRING ALL

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DECISION

TO HEALTH AND HUMAN

SERVICES.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Mark: THE C.E.O. AND

PRESIDENT OF CONCERNED WOMEN

FOR AMERICA JOINS US FROM

OUR WASHINGTON BUREAU WITH

MORE.

PENNY, WHY DO YOU THINK THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CHANGED

THEIR MINDS ON THIS ISSUE?

MARK, THIS IS A PURELY

POLITICAL DECISION IN WHICH

THE UNITED STATES, UNDER THE

LEADERSHIP OF THIS

ADMINISTRATION, COMPLETELY

ABDICATED OR RESPONSIBILITY

OVER THE SEX AND HEALTH OF

MINOR GIRLS.

LITTLE GIRLS, AS YOUNG A 10,

12 YEARS OLD, CAN GO INTO

ANY PHARMACY AND PURCHASE

THIS PILL, WHICH IS, BY THE

WAY, 40 TIMES STRONGER THAN

THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL,

WHICH REQUIRES A

PRESCRIPTION, AND USE IT

WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS

KNOWING IT, WITHOUT A DOCTOR

BEING INVOLVED, AND OPENING

THEM UP TO ABUSE BY ADULT

MEN.

THIS IS A VERY BAD DECISION,

AND IT'S VERY BAD FOR YOUNG

GIRLS IN THIS COUNTRY.

Mark: LET'S TALK A

LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE

DANGERS OF THE DRUG

SPECIFICALLY.

AS I SAID, THE BIRTH

CONTROL PILL IS BASICALLY

THE SAME DRUG, BUT THIS PILL

IS 40 TIMES STRONGER THAN

BIRTH CONTROL PILLS.

KAVA, WHO IS THE

MANUFACTURER, NEVER DID

CLINICAL TRIALS ON

CHILDREN.

WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT DOES

TO THEIR GROWING BODIES.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS DOES

TO EVEN GROWN WOMEN WHO TAKE

IT REPEATEDLY, TAKE IT

INCORRECTLY.

AND CERTAINLY THERE ARE

PSYCHOLOGICAL ROMECATIONS

RAMIFICATIONS FOR YOUNG

CHILDREN WHO ARE INVOLVED IN

SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS.

NOBODY THINKS IT IS A GOOD

IDEA FOR KIDS TO BE HAVING

SEX.

WE CERTAINLY NEED THEIR

PARENTS TO BE INVOLVED.

WE NEED AT LEAST A DOCTOR TO

BE INVOLVED.

THIS WAS A TERRIBLE

DECISION.

THIS IS REALLY THE UNITED

STATES UNILATERALLY GIVING

OVER OUR KIDS TO SEXUAL

LICENSE.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Mark: THIS DOESN'T MAKE

ANY SENSE TO ME, BUT SOME

ARE CALLING THIS A STEP

FORWARD FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

THAT?

I THINK IT IS A STEP

FORWARD FOR PEDOPHILE'S

RIGHTS.

I THINK IT IS A TERRIBLE

DECISION.

AND WE REALLY ARE TRYING, AS

PARENTS IN A CULTURE THAT

TENDS TO BE EVER

INCREASINGLY MORE LIBERAL

AND PROMISCUOUS, TO BE GOOD

PARENTS, AND TO BE INVOLVED

IN THESE KIND OF DECISIONS

WITH OUR KIDS, AND HAVE

THOSE DISCUSSIONS.

BUT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT

ALLOWS THIS TO HAPPEN, THEY

MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR

US TO PARENT.

THEY'RE MAKING IT HARDER FOR

US TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND

BE GOOD PARENTS FOR OUR

KIDS.

IT IS BAD FOR OUR CHILDREN,

AND BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY.

Mark: PENNY, THANK YOU

FOR BEING SO

STRAIGHTFORWARD.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

Wendy: VIOLENCE

CONTINUES TO FLARE INTO THE

NIGHT IN TURKEY.

RIOT POLICE RE-ENTERED

ISTANBUL'S TAKSIM SQUARE

FIRING TEAR GAS AND WATER

CANNONS INTO A GROWING CROWD

OF PROTESTORS.

SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED

AND LOADED INTO AMBULANCES.

PROTESTORS EXPLODED

FIREWORKS, THREW STONES, AND

WAVED BANNERS IN ANGER

AGAINST A GROWING

AUTHORITARIAN RULE.

IT IS THE LATEST SIGN THAT

THE TURKISH PRIME MINISTER

HAS RUN OUT OF PATIENCE

AFTER 12 DAYS OF UNREST.

Mark: THE UNITED

NATIONS IS ASKING THE U.S.

AND EUROPE TO TAKE IN

THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN

REFUGEES.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF

SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR, MORE THAN

1.5 MILLION SYRIANS HAVE

FLED THE COUNTRY.

OFFICIALS THINK THAT NUMBER

COULD REACH 3.5 MILLION BY

THE END OF THIS YEAR.

RIGHT NOW THE U.N. IS

SEEKING TO RELOCATE 10,000

OF THEM.

GERMANY HAS ALREADY AGREED

TO TAKE IN HALF.

AN AGENCY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE

U.S. AND GERMANY USUALLY

OFFER THE MOST HELP.

COMING UP, HOW SENATOR MARCO

RUBIO IS TRYING TO SELL

REPUBLICANS ON IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

Mark: PRESIDENT OBAMA

IS SPEAKING OUT FOR

IMMIGRATION REFORM.

MR. OBAMA SAYS AS OF NOW,

THE COUNTRY HAS NO

LEGITIMATE WAY TO DEAL WITH

THE 11 MILLION IMMIGRANTS

WHO ARE IN AMERICA

ILLEGALLY.

TODAY HE CALLED ON CONGRESS

TO ACT NOW.

President Obama: THIS

WEEK THE SENATE WILL

CONSIDER A COMMON-SENSE,

BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IS THE

BEST CHANCE WE'VE HAD IN

YEARS TO FIX OUR BROKEN

IMMIGRATION SYSTEM.

IT WILL BUILD ON WHAT WE'VE

DONE AND CONTINUE TO

STRENGTHEN OUR BORDERS.

Mark: THE PROPOSED BILL

WOULD PROVIDE A PATH TO

CITIZENSHIP FOR THOSE

11 MILLION PEOPLE ALREADY IN

THE UNITED STATES

ILLEGALLY.

REPUBLICAN MARCO RUBIO WAS

ONE OF THE SENATORS BEHIND

THE B BIPARTISAN

IMMIGRATION PROPOSAL.

HE IS WORKING TO SELL THE

IDEA TO SKEPTICAL SENATORS.

Wendy: DAVID BRODY SAT

DOWN WITH RUBIO TO TALK

ABOUT WHY THE ISSUE IS SO

IMPORTANT.

David: IT MAY NOT BE

IMPOSSIBLE, BUT MARCO RUBIO

IS ON A MISSION, AND PASSING

IMMIGRATION REFORM INVOLVES

CONVINCING TOO AUDIENCES,

SPANISH SPEAKERS --

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

-- AND INFLUENTIAL

CONSERVATIVES, LIKE THOSE

WHO LISTEN TO RUSH

LIMBAUGH.

THE FIRST QUESTION I HAVE

IS, WHY ARE WE DO DOING

THIS?

AS A CUBAN AMERICAN,

RUBIO WALKS THE WALK, AND HE

GIVES THE EFFORT A

BIPARTISAN FEEL.

BUT IF HE IS NOT SATISFIED

WITH THE FINAL BILL, RUBIO

COULD WALK AWAY.

HIS JOB, BRING CONSERVATIVES

ON BOARD.

HAS THIS BEEN HARDER OF A

SELL THAN YOU ORIGINALLY

THOUGHT.

THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES

AND NO.

HE BELIEVES THE MAJORITY

OF THE COUNTRY WOULD ACCEPT

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS LONG

THERE ARE PENALTIES THAT GO

ALONG WITH IT.

RUBIO ALSO SEES HOPE IN THE

EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY.

I THINK THE BIGGEST

CHANGE HAS NOT BEEN IN THE

PULPIT, BUT IN THE PEES.

PEWS.

THE FOLKS THAT FELT

DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS FIVE

YEARS AGO, AND NOW THEY'RE

WORSHIPPING NEXT TO AN

IMMIGRANT FAMILY.

David: THE HARD WORK

FOR RUBIO IS MAKING SURE IT

CLEARLY ENFORCES BORDER

SECURITY.

I THINK THAT'S WHERE WE

ARE IN THIS BILL, CAN WE DO

ENOUGH ABOUT BORDER SECURITY

SO PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT THE

11 MILLION.

THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO

ACCOMPLISH.

MY COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING, WE

JUST DON'T THINK IT IS

ENOUGH.

WE DON'T TRUST THE

ADMINISTRATION, QUITE

FRANKLY, REPUBLICAN OR

DEMOCRAT.

WE'VE BEEN TOLD THIS BEFORE,

WE'RE GOING TO SECURE THE

BORDER, AND THAT NEVER

HAPPENSMENT FOR ME, IF WE

START TRADING, AND WEAKENING

THE WORKER PROGRAM IN

EXCHANGE FOR STRONGER

BORDERS, I'M NOT INTERESTED

IN THAT.

WE PUT HIM IN OFFICE, AND

THIS IS NOT WHAT HE PROMISED

US.

David: TO THE AIRWAVES

BACK HOME IN FLORIDA --

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO IS

MAKING THE SAME PROMISES,

LIKE REAL BORDER SECURITY.

PROMISE BROKEN.

I CAN TELL YOU FROM MY

RADIO LISTENERS, THEY THINK

IT IS TIME TO STOP DIVIDING

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ON THIS

ISSUE.

David: THERE IN LIES

THE POLITICAL DILEMA, RUBIO

IS CONSIDERED TO BE A

FRONT-RUNNER FOR PRESIDENT

IN 2016.

HIS SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRATION

REFORM, HOWEVER, MIGHT HURT

HIS STANDING WITH

CONVERSATION IN THE

PRIMARIES.

THE DAY I START MAKING

DECISIONS AROUND HERE WITH

THE MIND TOWARDS WHAT OTHER

OFFICE I WANT TO RUN FOR,

I'LL NO LONG BE VERY

EFFECTIVE.

WHATEVER IS GOING TO HAPPEN

ON THIS ISSUE, WHATEVER IS

GOING TO HAPPEN WITH ME, IS

WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY PLANNED

FOR ME.

MY JOB IS TO BE OBEDIENT AND

HAVE FAITH IN THAT.

LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, I

STRUGGLE WITH THAT BECAUSE

THE HUMAN SIDE OF US WANTS

TO THINK ABOUT THE HERE AND

NOW.

BUT IF YOU TRY TO APPROACH

EVERY ISSUE IN LIFE, FROM

THE SMALLEST DETAIL TO THE

BIGGEST, WITH THAT

VIEWPOINT, IT GIVES YOU A

CALM SENSE YOU WOULDN'T

OTHERWISE HAVE.

David: HE IS GOING TO

NEED THAT CALMING PEACE

DURING THE TURBULENT DAYS

AHEAD.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: UP NEXT, CBN

NEWS LOOKS AT THE OFTEN

IGNORED ISSUE OF MENTAL

HEALTH IN THE CHURCH.

Wendy: IT'S ONE OF THE

LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN

THE UNITED STATES, BUT FEW

PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT.

Mark YEAH, AND NOW

MENTAL HEALTH IS BECOMING A

TOPIC FOR MANY IN THE CHURCH

AFTER SUICIDES AFFECTED TWO

PROMINENT EVANGELICAL

FAMILIES.

Wendy: HEATHER CELLS

EXPLORERS THE ISSUE.

Reporter: FRANK PAGE

WAS AT HOME ALONE WHEN THE

CALL CAME THAT WOULD CHANGE

HIS WORLD.

HIS 32-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER,

MELISSA, HAD TAKEN HER

LIFE.

ALTHOUGH SHE STRUGGLED FOR

YEARS, PAGE KNEW SOMETHING

HAD CHANGED THAT WEEK.

TWO DAYS BEFORE SHE DIED,

I SAID, MELISSA, NOBODY

LOVES YOU LIKE YOUR DADDY,

AND NOBODY KNOWS YOU LIKE

YOUR DADDY, AND I KNOW

SOMETHING IS WRONG, BAD

WRONG.

I SAID, PLEASE -- WHEN SHE

WAS GETTING READY TO TALK TO

HER MENTAL HEALTH OFFICIAL,

YOU TELL HIM YOUR DADDY

THINKS YOU NEED BE TO

HOSPITALIZED.

Reporter: HE SETS THE

DIRECTION FOR THE

DENOMINATION'S 16 MILLION

MEMBERS.

HE ALSO SERVED AS A MEGA

CHURCH PASTOR.

BUT PAGE CALLS PARENTING HIS

OLDEST DAUGHTER ONE OF HIS

MOST DAUNTING CHALLENGES.

THAT'S WHY HE WROTE

"MELISSA," TO ENCOURAGE

THOSE ON A SIMILAR JOURNEY

AND CHALLENGE THE CHURCH TO

REACH OUT.

DALTHEY INVITED DALE HURD

AND CBN NEWS TO TALK ABOUT

THEIR DAUGHTER AND THEIR

ENDURING GRIEF.

THEY SAY SHE ACCEPTED

CHRIST, BUT IT WASN'T EASY.

WE WORRIED ABOUT HER

CONSTANTLY.

SHE STRUGGLED WITH

ADDICTIVE ISSUES, BEHAVIORAL

ISSUES, REBELLION ISSUES.

SHE STRUGGLED IN MANY, MANY

WAYS, RELATIONALLY.

SHE WAS GIFTED BEYOND WORDS

AND STRUGGLED BEYOND WORDS.

Reporter: IN HER 20s,

MELISSA REACHED A PERIOD OF

STABILITY.

SHE MARRIED AND SEEMED

HEADED ON A SMOOTHER PATH.

BUT THEN A BOUT WITH CANCER

LED TO A PRESCRIPTION PILL

ADDICTION AND SHE SPIRALLED

DOWNWARD ONCE AGAIN.

THE PAGES SAID SHE NEVER

MENTIONED SUICIDE, LEAVING

THEM IN SHOCK THE DAY SHE

DIED.

SHE COMMITTED SUICIDE IN

NOVEMBER, AND PEOPLE SAY

WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS?

I DON'T REMEMBER.

WE WERE STILL IN A FOG.

NOW, THE SECOND

CHRISTMAS, I WELL REMEMBER.

THEN THE GRIEF WAS EVEN

WORSE FOR ME.

Reporter: AFTER MORE

THAN THREE YEARS, THE PAGES

DESCRIBE THEIR GRIEF LIKE

WAVES, CONTINUALLY ROLLING

IN, BUT VARYING IN FREQUENCY

AND INTENSITY.

THEIR GREAT COMFORT, KNOWING

THAT MELISSA IS AT PEACE IN

HEAVEN.

IT IS A BIBLICAL TRUTH THEY

SAY OUR CULTURE HAS

UNDERMINED.

PEOPLE SAY IF YOU COMMIT

SUICIDE YOU'RE GOING TO

HELL.

Reporter: IT IS A

BELIEF THE PAGES WANT THE

CHURCH TO CHALLENGE.

YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE

POINT WHERE IF YOU BELONG TO

CHRIST, AND YOU'RE HIS

CHILD, THEN NOTHING CAN

SEPARATE YOU.

IT'S A FAMILY THING.

AND FAMILY NEVER CHANGES.

Reporter: MOVING

FORWARD, THE PAGES HOPE TO

BUILD ON THE GROWING

NATIONAL AWARENESS OF MENTAL

HEALTH ISSUES.

HE STARTED WITH LAST YEAR'S

NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS, AND

CONTINUED IN APRIL WITH THE

SUICIDE OF PASTOR RICK

WARREN'S SON.

I THINK THE TIMING IS

FASCINATING, THAT, INDEED,

ALL THESE THINGS HAVE

HAPPENED IN A VERY SHORT

PERIOD OF TIME.

AND I THINK GOD IS GOING TO

USE ALL OF THOSE THINGS, BAD

THINGS, TO BRING FORTH A

MOVEMENT AMONG GOD'S

PEOPLE.

Reporter: AT THE ANNUAL

CONVENTION IN HOUSTON, THE

DENOMINATION WILL PROMOTE

AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH

ISSUES.

PAGE HOPES TO BEGIN TO EASE

SOME OF THE STIGMA

SURROUNDING THESE ISSUES,

AND TO PROMOTE CHURCHES TO

ADMINISTER TO THOSE

SUFFERING.

THERE ARE LEGITIMATE,

SERIOUS ISSUES PEOPLE ARE

STRUGGLING WITH.

AND THE CHURCH NEEDS TO BE

THE PLACE WHERE WE SAY, WE

UNDERSTAND.

Reporter: FOR THOSE

WALKING THROUGH GRIEF AND

DEPRESSION, PAGE SAYS THE

LOCAL CHURCH CAN HELP WITH

COUNSELING.

IT'S AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE,

BUT WITH MORE THAN 36,000

PEOPLE TAKING THEIR LIVES

EACH YEAR, IT COULD MEET AN

ENORMOUS NEED.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: UP NEXT, A SON IS

REUNITED WITH HIS BIRTH MOM

AFTER 22 YEARS.

Wendy: WELL, A HAPPY

STORY, A TEXAS WOMAN HAS

BEEN REUNITED WITH HER SON

AFTER 22 YEARS APART.

Mark: IT IS ALL THANKS

TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND

FACEBOOK.

AT 17, SHIRI GAVE HER SON UP

FOR ADOPTION WHEN HE BECAME

CRITICALLY ILL AFTER BIRTH.

SHE DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY

TO CARE FOR HIM.

IT WAS SOMETHING I DID

NOT WANT TO DO.

BUT IT WAS EITHER GIVE MY

SON LIFE WITH SOMEONE ELSE,

ANOTHER FAMILY THAT COULD

TAKE CARE OF HIM AND

ACTUALLY GIVE HIM AN

OPPORTUNITY IN LIFE, OR TO

LET HIM DIE IN MY ARMS WITH

ME.

SHE BASICALLY HAD TO HAVE

ANOTHER FAMILY KEEP ME

ALIVE.

AND I'M PROUD OF HER FOR

THAT.

I FEEL LIKE EVERYBODY HAS TO

MAKE HARD CHOICES IN THEIR

LIFE AT ONE POINT.

AND SOME ARE HARDER THAN

OTHERS.

Mark: WOW.

SHE POSTED A PICTURE OF HER

SON, CLARK, ON FACEBOOK.

HE SAW THE PICTURE AND

RESPONDED.

"HERE I AM, MOM."

Wendy: OH, MY

GOODNESS.

Mark: WE SAW THE HUG

EARLIER IN THAT TEASE,

SO --

Wendy: THEY DEFINITELY

LOOK-ALIKE.

YOU CAN TELL IT IS MOM AND

SON.

Mark: THAT'S A GREAT

WAY TO END IT.

Wendy: IT IS.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

Mark: YOU CAN E-MAIL US

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