The audacity of life

By Tom Quiner


Hold on to your seat.

You are about to watch an ad unlike any you’ve seen. It features Melissa Ohden.

You remember her: I wrote about her after hearing her speak last year (“Life is beautiful”).

Her mom tried to abort Melissa, but she was born alive. Here’s where the story gets political: if it were up to Barack Obama, Melissa would be dead. Four times he voted against legislation in Illinois that would require medical attention for babies that survive the abortionist’s handiwork.

Barack Obama’s radical vision of humanity insists that medical providers let the Melissa Ohdens of the world die. After all, she was supposed to be dead, wasn’t she?

Are you okay with this? Seriously? I have never, ever seen such a smug rejection of human compassion as in this man.

Honorable people can disagree on taxes and government spending and whether we should have 127 or 128 anti-poverty programs.

I don’t see how honorable can disagree on whether that nurse should have saved Melissa’s life.

I know of one American politician who proudly stands by his vote to let her die: Barack Obama.

Watch the ad. How will you answer?


  1. Jeane Bishop on August 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Wonderful ad, Tom, thanks for sharing. Melissa Ohden was in DSM last week with others traveling with the SBA group. Awesome speakers. Brave, good people. Still can’t believe we’re actually having these ridiculous conversations (like should we give a baby medical attention if they survive an abortion attempt) but we’ll keep on keeping on. Good thing we know how the whole story ends.

    • quinersdiner on August 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      We know how the story ends, but in the meantime, we have too many casualties in this war. God bless the Melissa Ohdens of the world for speaking out on behalf of Life. Thanks for writing. It’s always good to hear from you.

  2. Bob Zimmerman on August 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I have a theory… that if all the coldest, least compassionate pro-abortion liberals were to witness firsthand a partial-birth abortion, we wouldn’t be having these discussions.

  3. rcaamo on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.” …and it is the prolife people who are extremists? So where do we draw the line of a person’s rights. For some it will be drawn …never, for it is only the state that matters. When debating an issue one has to know where the other side is coming from or we will never answer what is on their mind. We have to know where they are coming from so the argument can be tailored to their concepts. We have to know that there is room for argumentation. For some of the abortionists there is no mind. It is purely politics. From the eugenicists who want to cut our population by 5 billion 500 million to just 500 million, it is numbers only. One can only imagine what means would be necessary to accomplish such an end, and they are ready to attempt them all. Debating life with them is an absurdity. They live in a bubble of their elitism not by vision. Their morality lies in pride. From the seeming economists who want to organize their lives for the best fiscal results, life has lost its meaning but only possessions, convenience and pleasure. For the poor pressured who are caught in the crisis, it is so difficult to get through the panic of the moment. For the uncertain who are blinded, it takes just the truth and they are set free. It is a rejection of the moral law that got us into this abomination. After 40 years of debate, the tides have turned to understanding by the majority of good people. There are groups that will obviously never change. It is time to accept the reality that some will need the force of civil law to protect the rights of innocent. That is how it has always been. We are dealing with the unalienable right to life…the first above all. To most it is understandable; to some it is lost in their small blinded minds. Their premise is not human life, but themselves and their inability to see beyond themselves. John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. In the case of Melissa Ohden is is all to evident and compelling.

    • quinersdiner on August 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I agree. It would make the reality that human abortion kills a human being come alive. Seeing dismembered body parts is so grotesque, that even the most callous would have to at least revisit their position. I would hope so.

    • quinersdiner on August 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Your point is a good one. You can’t debate Life issues with some people. There is no middle ground. However, there is middle ground with most people. We’re seeing that as polls continually indicate growing support for Life. We’re winning the debate, but slowly, oh so slowly.

  4. rcaamo on August 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    If all it would take is a bill that legally sets the moment of conception as the state of personhood, what has taken us all this time? I understand that was pointed out to all by the Supreme Court…no directives about personhood. So why has it still not been placed on the floor of Congress for a vote? I can’t believe that we just did not realize the loop hole. It would pull together, at last, that long awaited debate.

    • quinersdiner on August 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      We know the preborn are alive. She is a growing entity. We know she is human. A check of her DNA confirms as much. The only question is, then, is she a person? If not, who should be the judge on who or what is a person? When you leave it up to man, they let prejudice influence definitions. Just ask the slaves and the Jews. Your comment is excellent: we need the debate. We need to push Democrats to the mat explaining why personhood should be denied to the human preborn.

    • Bob Vance on August 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Just over half the people are either for abortion or don’t have an opinion one way or the other. But that number is getting better for anti-abortion people, based on medical awareness.

      • quinersdiner on August 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        Yes … the ultrasound reveals the humanity of the baby in the womb. It is becoming harder and harder for liberals to say that she is not a person.