By Rhonda Phillips
The Democratically controlled Senate’s rejection of nominee, Colleen Pasnik to the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM), is deplorable.
Based on statements by Senator Jack Hatch (D), it is obvious Ms. Pasnik was not vetted for her work and scholarly qualifications but rather for her pro-life, Catholic background.
Senator Hatch’s remark, “Anyone with strong beliefs may be unable to provide the non-biased support or judgments to listen to presentations”—is not only ridiculous, it’s hypocritical because the current IBM is made up of members who hold strong anti-life beliefs.
Despite Ms. Pasnik’s stellar qualifications, Senator Hatch is playing fast and loose with the truth and dissembling to suit the ideologies of those in lockstep with the pro-abortion majority in the Senate.
Furthermore, for Senator Hatch to slanderously imply on the Senate floor that Ms. Pasnik may express violent anti-abortion tendencies based upon a photograph taken at a public meeting where she just happened to be standing next to a convicted felon linked to abortion clinic violence is reprehensible!
Fair-minded Iowans should take the Senator and Senate to task.
[Thanks to Rhonda Phillips for her guest contribution to Quiner’s Diner.]