God barraged with conflicting prayers

By Tom Quiner

Emotions were high in Iowa.

Three years ago, the Iowa Board of Medicine (BOM) put their stamp of approval on webcam abortions, which allows chemical abortions without a doctor being present.

That board was appointed by a governor who advocated for human abortion.

The current BOM, appointed by a pro-life governor, revisited the procedure.

The side advocating for Life called for prayer vigils. They gathered in churches while the BOM heard testimony from Planned Parenthood and other human abortion advocates.

Interestingly, Iowa Democrats, who usually scream loudly for “separation of church and state,” staged their own prayer vigil beseeching the Almighty to defend the right of women to end the lives of their preborn children.

On the one hand, God was receiving prayers like this:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, you have made us in your image. You knew us before we were even born. You are our creator. You created our children, each of whom is a gift from you. You have entrusted these precious gifts to us. We ask, O Lord, for you to shine your light on the Iowa Board of Medicine in prayerful hope that they ban webcam abortions, a procedure that ends the life of your creation. We pray to you.”

On the other hand, he was receiving prayers like this:

“Our Creator, who art in heaven, you have made us in your image, so we’ve heard. Yes, yes, all life flows from you, but you have given human beings free will and intelligence. This is huge, God. We thank-you for this right to make our own choices, which includes control over the timing on when to accept children, if ever, into our lives. We fervently pray to you, the bestower of choice, the Mother of mankind, the protectoress of women’s reproductive health, to intercede and protect our access to webcam abortions. Amen.”

What happened? The Board of Medicine voted 8 to 2 to ban webcam abortions.

Is this an answered prayer? It depends on who you ask.



  1. Lisa Bourne on August 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Yeah, it certainly can be expected to work to invoke the Lord when it’s convenient and politically expedient. He always grants the petition of “prayers” like that. Pro-aborts are likely, and with good reason, panicked that they are losing the PR game now that the facts are slowly coming to light in the culture. People of faith who uphold the sanctity of life have the corner on the market with prayer in their narrow opinion, and we can’t have that. Better trot out some “prayer” for the purpose of appearing to be deep and caring, and oh yeah, what’s that other thing they perpetrate? Genuine concern for women. Yeah, that’s right. Good luck with that.

    • quinersdiner on September 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

      I think even the public can see it for the cynical ploy that it is. Thanks for writing.

  2. JoeC on September 1, 2013 at 4:16 am

    It was just odd.