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The right to die

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
October 5, 2012 1:51:24 PM PDT
It's been a heart-wrenching family drama playing out in a hospital on Long Island.

A 28-year-old woman - who says she wants her doctors to take her off life-support - has the right to do that, according to a judge in New York City.

The ruling came after her parents sued the young woman, hoping to keep her alive. They say their religion prohibits pulling the plug, and told their daughter she'd "go to hell" if she were taken off life support.

Grace Lee is her name. She is paralyzed after a stroke - which followed the discovery that she has inoperable brain cancer.

Can you imagine the tortured decision involved her? Daughter vs. parents?

Now that the court has ruled, Ms. Lee reportedly his having second thoughts, because she doesn't want to hurt her parents.

Now, the wait. What will she do? We're on this emotional story, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest from the campaign trail, where the race for President took a different turn today with the best jobs news in years. Unemployment dropped to 7.8 percent - the first time it's dropped below 8 percent since Barack Obama took office. The President, who had a dreadful week with his lackluster performance at the debate (did anyone else think he was at first playing a Muhammad Ali rope-a-dope ploy?), touted the numbers, saying the economy is still sluggish but it's heading in the right direction.

Not surprisingly, Mitt Romney didn't agree - saying the rate's lower because so many peeps have stopped looking for jobs and are no longer counted in the official unemployed numbers. He also said the 114,000 jobs created last month were less than the jobs created in August.

Of course the truth lies in the middle somewhere of what both candidates are saying. An unemployment rate of 7.8 percent is way too high - but certainly better than it was. And 114,000 new jobs aren't as many as we need to get the economy going again, but it's certainly better than losing hundreds of thousands of jobs, which was what was happening when Mr. Obama first took office. In fact, there's been a big net increase in jobs after the President's economic plans started - something his opponents won't talk about. But - something the President won't talk about - there could have been many more jobs had the country been more aggressive in its fight-the-recession approach.

I'm just sayin'.

Also at 11 - Nina Pineda has the story of a couple from New Jersey that bought a new set of furniture, and then discovered weird piles of sawdust under it. Then small holes, and then a frantic call for help - for 7 On Your Side. Eeek!

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Amy Freeze (in for Lee Goldberg) with her weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER

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