By Tom Quiner
“Abortions drop 30% in Iowa in 5-year span.”
This was yesterday’s headline in the Des Moines Register. They were reporting on the Iowa Board of Medicine’s upcoming hearing on the use of webcam abortions in Iowa.
This headline confirms Quiner’s Diner premise that the youthful pro life generation is beating the aging Marxist-feminist human abortion crowd. [Read “A quiet tidal wave of hope.] That’s the story: young Iowa women are increasingly rejecting Planned Parenthoods seductive advocacy of human abortion.
The Register, though, gave the story a different spin with their sub-headline:
“The numbers dipped from 6,649 in ’07 to 4,648 in ’12 despite a system that provides pills for the procedure” [my emphasis].
They wanted to send a loud and clear message to the Iowa Board of Medicine that, ‘see, webcam human abortions aren’t really so bad, since the quantity of human abortions is declining. See, maybe webcam abortions even have something to do with it!’
Their spin was stopped in its tracks with two front page photos in today’s paper taken by the Register’s Andrea Melendez.
The pro lifers are young women.
The human abortion advocates aren’t.
An observer at yesterday’s three hour marathon hearing said,” I believe the hearing was pretty well balanced and gave both sides an opportunity to present their version of what is right or wrong about the proposed ruling.”
Another said, “”An exhausting day. Thanks to everyone who provided comments in favor of the petition. We may have struggled a bit – but PP crumbled for sure. God help us.”
A Planned Parenthood doctor was grilled by a Board member on the qualifications of the PP staffers who performed vaginal ultrasounds on patients before commencing a chemical abortion. He refused to answer.
Sue Thayer, the former manager of PP’s Storm Lake clinic, said PP personnel are woefully undertrained:
“If you are breathing, you can do this. It helps if you’ve run a joystick on a video game, because it’s a lot like moving it around to get the right picture.”
However, a retired Des Moines obstetrician, Dr. William Burke, told the Board that they each needed to jettison their belief system, the very ethical foundation of their lives:
“I’m going to ask you to please make your decision not on your personal prejudice and not on your religious beliefs, and not on political pressure, whether it’s subtle or not so subtle,” he said. “But make it based on the evidence.”
Reality check: The previous Board that ruled on this subject in 2010 were entirely appointed by a liberal Democrat.
Today’s Board has been entirely appointed by Republican Governor, Terry Branstad.
We are living in an age of power politics. 2010’s liberal BOM jettisoned evidence in a heartbeat to expand the reach of abortion via a practice that has been banned in many states. Even more, Democrats in the Iowa Senate blocked the appointment of a pro life Catholic woman to the Board by dishonestly smearing her reputation (which Quiner’s Diner called them on).
Governor Branstad responded by quickly replacing her with Monsignor Frank Bognanno. So, Dr. Burke is asking Msgr. Bognanno to abandon his belief system and embrace Planned Parenthood’s.
No, It’s not going to happen. The human abortion crowd calls on the public square to embrace their religion at the same time they tell the pro life crowd that they can’t impose their morality on others.
Odds are that the BOM will ban Webcam Human Abortions. Odds are that Planned Parenthood will sue. At that point, the outcome is a roll of the dice.
In the meantime, abortions are on the decline as the energized, youthful, Pro Life Generation transforms Iowa with their message of Life.